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On This Date in Legal History

In 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, a Pentagon analyst, turned over to the New York Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers, a classified file widely known as the “Pentagon Papers”.  The file revealed  that the government was providing the American public with … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 3-4, 1935, Charles Lindbergh testified at Bruno Richard Hauptmann’s criminal trial. Hauptmann was accused of kidnapping Lindbergh’s son. You can read Lindbergh’s testimony at http://goo.gl/tJ2zeG. On February 13, 1935, Hauptmann was convicted and sentenced to death. Read more about … Continue reading

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The Trial of John Peter Zenger

On August 4, 1735, the trial of publisher John Peter Zenger took place at the site where Federal Hall sits today in Manhattan. The case arose because Zenger printed the New-York Weekly Journal, which was critical of the Governor of … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 2, 1980, the United States Supreme Court decided Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia. Richmond Newspapers sued after a Virginia court excluded their reporters from a criminal trial. Their case was appealed up to the United States Supreme Court … Continue reading

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