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On This Date in Legal History

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 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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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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Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. He was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military recruitment during World War … Continue reading

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On March 8, 1971, the United States Supreme Court decided Griggs v. Duke Power Co. The question presented was– could Duke Power require a potential employee to either have a high school education or pass an intelligence test, when neither criteria correlated … Continue reading

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On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no event … Continue reading

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On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Taney announced the United States Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens; consequently, they had no standing to sue (for their … Continue reading

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On March 5, 1897, United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence there. When he was around … Continue reading

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In 1943, James Girouard, a Canadian, filed a petition for naturalization. When asked if he’d “take up arms in defense of this country,” he said, “No (Non-cabatant) Seventh Day Adventist.” He did say, however, that he’d serve in the army … Continue reading

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The Good News Club, a private Christian organization for children, wanted to use Milford Central School property for their after school meetings. Milford denied their request. The Club sued, claiming that their rights to free speech were violated. Their case … Continue reading

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The 22nd Amendment

On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified. It established term limits for the president. No person can serve more than “two terms in office, a total of eight years,” unless he or she “serve[d] two years or less … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice 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. The Senate confirmed his nomination, and he served on the Court until … Continue reading

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The 5th Amendment states private property can’t “be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In 1822 John Barron brought a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore claiming their actions caused him to lose the use of his wharf— violating his … Continue reading

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From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). On February 15, 1932, President Hoover appointed him to the United States Supreme Court where he … Continue reading

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Esther Hobart Morris

In February 1870 Esther Hobart Morris “became the first woman to hold judicial office in the modern world.” She was appointed justice of the peace for the South Pass District in Wyoming. A statue of her stands at the National … Continue reading

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On February 11, 1856, the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford was argued before the Supreme Court; and on Mar 6, 1857, the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens. Consequently, they had no standing to sue … Continue reading

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In 1837 Margaret Morgan was living as a free woman with her children in Pennsylvania, when slaveholders claimed she was their property. Edward Prigg grabbed her and forcibly brought her back to Maryland. He was convicted of kidnapping under Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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The 11th Amendment

On February 7, 1795, the Eleventh Amendment was ratified.  The Amendment states– The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United … Continue reading

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