On This Date in Legal History

On October 16, 1974, oral arguments took place at the United States Supreme Court in Taylor v. Louisiana. Billy Taylor challenged his conviction (for aggravated kidnapping) by an all-male jury. Louisiana excused women from jury service. Taylor claimed that he was denied his right to a jury that represented a cross-section of his community. The Supreme Court agreed. The Court held (in an 8-1 decision) that the Louisiana law that exempted women from jury service was unconstitutional.

Justice Byron R. White

Justice Byron R. White

You can listen to the attorneys argue this case, and Justice White announce the Court’s opinion at https://goo.gl/zkAa55.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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