Monthly Archives: May 2017

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The United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered public schools to integrate, stating– “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” On May … Continue reading

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Learn About the Supreme Court

C-Span’s website at http://supremecourt.c-span.org offers a wealth of information about the United States Supreme Court.  Visitors can take a virtual tour of the Old Supreme Court chambers, located in the U.S. Capitol building.  The Court met there from 1810-1860.  Chief Justice William … Continue reading

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In 1912, Beys Afroyim immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. In 1950 he went to Israel, and the following year voted in their elections. When he tried to renew his passport in 1960, the … Continue reading

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On May 28, 1982, Ishmael Jaffree filed a complaint on behalf of his children against teachers, administrators and school board officials in Mobile, Alabama.  The complaint alleged that his children were “subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination” at their … Continue reading

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In August 1965 a law passed that made it a federal crime to destroy or mutilate a draft card. On March 31, 1966, David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service registration certificates to show their opposition to … Continue reading

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In 1984, Congress passed the Bail Reform Act. This legislation requires courts to detain persons charged with serious crimes, before trial, if the government can show they are a danger to society. Two men (detained pretrial) challenged the Act as … Continue reading

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On May 26, 2009, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Prior to her becoming the first Latina to sit on the Court she practiced for many years as an attorney, and served as a judge … Continue reading

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After Brown v. Board of Education was decided, the County Board of Supervisors in Prince Edward, Louisiana, tried to circumvent integrating their public schools by not funding them, thus forcing them to close. Meanwhile, they assisted white families financially (by … Continue reading

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On May 25, 2006, a Houston jury found Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, former Enron executives, guilty of corporate fraud. They misrepresented Enron’s worth– losses and debts were hidden, and profits were inflated. On December 2, 2001, Enron, once the … Continue reading

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On May 24, 1870, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was born. From 1914 to 1932 he served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to the … Continue reading

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On May 23, 1889, Mabel Walker Willebrandt was born. From 1921 to 1929 she was the Assistant Attorney General of the United States responsible for enforcing prohibition (the Volstead Act). To learn more about this remarkable attorney, read Can This Woman … Continue reading

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On May 21, 1969, President Nixon announced that he was nominating Judge Warren Burger of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to be the 15th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Read … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice William Brennan

On October 15, 1956, President Eisenhower appointed William Brennan to the high court. On July 20, 1990, Justice Brennan retired after serving on the Supreme Court for over 33 years. In July 1997, he passed away, but his legacy lives … Continue reading

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On May 19, 1921, former Chief Justice Edward Douglas White passed away. He served on the United States Supreme Court for 26 years. He was the first Associate Justice to become a Chief Justice on the high court. More noteworthy, … Continue reading

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In 1890 the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies to provide “for separate railway carriages for the white and colored races.”  The races weren’t permitted to sit together.  Any passenger who violated the law was subject to … Continue reading

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On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones, and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

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Gerald Gault and a friend allegedly made an obscene phone call to a neighbor. On June 8, 1964, both boys were taken into custody. After a hearing Gerald was committed to the State Industrial School until he was 21. His … Continue reading

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