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On This Date in Legal History

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 This Date in Legal History

On March 2, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder, the father of a marine who died serving in Iraq, sued the Westboro Baptist Church (“Westboro”) and its founder, Fred Phelps, for picketing near his son’s funeral … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Clarence Brandenburg, a Ku Klux Klan leader, spoke at a rally and remarked– if matters continued as is, then “revengeance” might have to be taken. He was referring to the government’s alleged “suppress[ion] of the white, Caucasian, race.” On another … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 9-10, 1919, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Schenck v. United States. Charles Schenck was the general secretary of the Socialist Party in Philadelphia. When the United States was at war with Germany … Continue reading

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This Week in the News

Two high school students had a heated argument over Twitter after a shooting. Their Twitter exchange led to one of the students being adjudicated delinquent. The student appealed the adjudication. This week the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the lower … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 11, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt announced the recess appointment of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the United States Supreme Court after accepting Justice Gray’s resignation. Visit President Roosevelt’s Library to read a letter he wrote to Justice Gray– http://goo.gl/S5ZtnF. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

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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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

This month Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer spoke at Columbia University.  You’ll find his conversation with Lee Bollinger, the university’s president, at http://goo.gl/XLXJ1W.  Justice Breyer is quite engaging and shares his thoughts on the need to understand other countries’ laws to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 24, 2009, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  You can listen to the proceedings at https://www.oyez.org/cases/2008/08-205.  On January 21, 2010, the Court held in a 5:4 … Continue reading

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In the News This Week

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held this week in the case of ACLU of North Carolina v. Tennyson that the state government can refuse to issue “Pro-Choice” license plates, even though it distributes “Choose Life” … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2011 the United States Supreme Court decided Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder, the father of a marine who died serving in Iraq, sued the Westboro Baptist Church (“Westboro”) and its founder, Fred Phelps, for picketing near his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 2, 1961, African American students gathered to protest racial segregation in South Carolina. They began their demonstration in a church and marched to the State House in small groups of about 15. There were 187 students, in all. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1919 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Schenck v. United States.  Charles Schenck was the general secretary of the Socialist Party in Philadelphia.  When the United States was at war with Germany … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in ­­­­1964 the United States Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments in the landmark case of New York Times v. Sullivan (which was consolidated with another lawsuit– Abernathy v. Sullivan).  Sullivan sued the Times for libel after an ad was published … Continue reading

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On This Date of Legal History

The case of Gitlow v. New York was reargued before the United States Supreme Court on this date in 1923. The underlying facts were as follows– Benjamin Gitlow, an active member of the Left Wing Section of the Socialist Party, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 11, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt announced the recess appointment of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the United States Supreme Court after accepting Justice Gray’s resignation. Visit President Roosevelt’s Library to read a letter he wrote to Justice Gray– http://goo.gl/S5ZtnF. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military.  Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act.  The Act made it a crime to obstruct military … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 24, 1968, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case United States v. O’Brien. The case arose after David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service registration certificates to show their opposition to … Continue reading

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A No-Political-Speech Buffer Zone Is Struck Down

This past week the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided Russell v. Lundergan-Grimes. John Russell, a landowner, sued several Kentucky officials alleging that his free speech rights were being violated. Russell complained that a Kentucky statute … Continue reading

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