Monthly Archives: March 2017

On This Date in Legal History

On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gregg v. Georgia on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court proceedings … Continue reading

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The 15th Amendment

On March 30, 1870, Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the states.  The Amendment granted African-American men the right to vote.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/GH4Ywy and https://goo.gl/sNepQt.  

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On March 29, 1875, the United States Supreme Court decided Minor v. Happersett. Virginia Minor sued after she was prevented from registering to vote because she was a woman.  She alleged that her Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated.  A lower court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In March 1897 the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence there. … Continue reading

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In 1944 Irene Amos Morgan, an African American woman, was traveling on a bus in Virginia (on her way to Maryland) when she was asked by the driver to give up her seat for a white passenger. She was told … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 26, 1930, Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas. Happy birthday, Justice O’Connor. President Reagan sent a letter to the U.S. Senate confirming his nomination of Justice O’Connor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 30, 1970, two police officers saw a teenager ( the “Appellee” in the case of Smith v. Goguen) on a street in Leominster, Massachusetts, with an American flag sewn to the seat of his pants. The teen was … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 24, 2009, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments, for the first time, in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Justice Kagan, who was Solicitor General at the time, argued the Government’s position during reargument on … Continue reading

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In The News This Week

President Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. This past week Judge Gorsuch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators questioned him about his qualifications, his views on Supreme … Continue reading

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Remembering Felix Frankfurter

On November 15, 1882, former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Austria. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. Unlike nowadays, it wasn’t customary for nominees to appear before the Senate … Continue reading

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Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. He timed his demonstration to coincide with the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The delegates were meeting to renominate Reagan for … Continue reading

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A West Virginia newspaper, the Charleston Daily Mail, published the name of a 14-year-old who was apprehended and taken into custody for allegedly shooting a classmate at school. Reporters were able to determine the name of the student shooter simply by … Continue reading

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The case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld arose after a widower, Steven C. Wiesenfeld (“Wiesenfeld”) was denied his Social Security survivor benefits upon his wife’s death during childbirth. Wiesenfeld opted not to work (outside the home) in order to raise their child. His wife, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

When a special police officer, Dick Heller, tried to register a handgun in Washington, D.C., his application was denied. A law banned handguns in the home. (A lawful gun in a home had to be disassembled or locked.) Heller sued … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 17, 1777, Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney was born. He was the 11th United States Attorney General and the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for 28 years. He’s probably best remembered for … Continue reading

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On March 16, 1931, Aldridge v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case involved a black criminal defendant, Alfred Scott Aldridge, who was charged with murdering a white police officer. At Aldridge’s trial, his attorney asked the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

On March 15, 1933, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka “The Notorious R.B.G.) was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more about the Justice at http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3182.

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On This Date in Legal History

Clarence Darrow was a prominent, brilliant, criminal lawyer. On March 13, 1938, he passed away. Watch the entertaining movie, Darrow, about this celebrated attorney.

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March is Women’s History Month

Celebrating women’s achievements in the United States dates back to the early 1900s. “National Woman’s Day” was first celebrated on February 28, 1909. In August 1981, Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week of March 7 as “Women’s History … Continue reading

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On March 11, 1943, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case arose after the Board of Education required all public school students to use a “stiff-arm” salute while reciting the Pledge … Continue reading

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