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On This Date in Legal History

On April 21, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Meachum v. Fano. State prisoners, who were believed to be disruptive, sued to prevent their transfer to a less desirable facility. The issue on … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 20, 1920, retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about Justice Stevens at https://goo.gl/JnYDLz.

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On April 17, 1905, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Lochner v. New York. Joseph Lochner was the owner of a bakery in Utica, New York. He was arrested after permitting one of his bakers to work … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In Baze v. Rees two death row inmates challenged the lethal injection protocol used in Kentucky death penalty cases. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued that the “procedures pose a danger of cruelly inhumane executions.” On April 16, 2008, the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Prior to becoming an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, Byron R. White was a college football star (visit the College Football Hall of Fame at http://goo.gl/aIJXyq), and played professionally with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Lions. After graduating … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On April 14, 1970, President Nixon nominated Harry A. Blackmun to the United States Supreme Court.  On May 12, 1970, the Senate confirmed his nomination (94-0).  Take a look at the Congressional Record @ http://goo.gl/uStXuR.  This was the second time … Continue reading

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On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Betts v. Brady. The question presented was– did the State of Maryland have a constitutional duty to appoint legal counsel to assist an indigent defendant indicted … Continue reading

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On April 11, 1862, Charles Evans Hughes was born. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930 to 1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York … Continue reading

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On April 5, 1816, former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller was born in Kentucky.  By today’s standards he had a more unconventional background for a justice– he worked as a physician for about 10 years.  While practicing medicine, however, … Continue reading

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A Must-See Movie in Schools

The film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” follows the political life of a (fictitious) U.S. Senator Jefferson Smith. Mr. Smith is handpicked to replace a senator who has passed away, because political cronies believe he’ll take orders and not think … Continue reading

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Since George Washington was the first president, he appointed every justice to the first Supreme Court.  On April 3, 1790, he wrote a letter to the justices expressing his belief that “the Judiciary System should not only be independent in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Alito!

On April 1, 1950, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  Justice Alito has been serving on the United States Supreme Court since January 31, 2006.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace retiring … Continue reading

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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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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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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 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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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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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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