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On This Date in Legal History

On October 19, 1961, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Hoyt v. Florida. The case arose after an all-male jury convicted Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. Hoyt argued the lack of women on her … 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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In 1977 Miami Beach policemen were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand larceny. They were accused of breaking and entering a restaurant. They tried to prevent televised coverage of their trial, but the Court ruled … Continue reading

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On January 21, 1975, the United States Supreme Court decided Taylor v. Louisiana. This case arose after an all-male jury found Billy Taylor guilty of a serious criminal offense. Taylor alleged that his right to an impartial jury was violated. In … Continue reading

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Gary Duncan was charged with simple battery after allegedly slapping someone. He requested a jury trial, to no avail. He was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $10.00 fine. Duncan appealed his conviction claiming his … Continue reading

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James Batson was a black man accused of committing a felony. At his trial the prosecutor removed all blacks from serving on the jury, so he had an all-white panel. He objected claiming his constitutional rights were being violated under … Continue reading

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On November 20, 1961, the United States Supreme Court decided Hoyt v. Florida. The case involved an all-male jury convicting Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. In Florida women were excluded from jury service unless they proactively registered with the clerk … Continue reading

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In 1951 an all-Anglo grand jury indicted Pete Hernandez for murder in Jackson County, Texas, and then an all-Anglo petit jury found him guilty.  Hernandez was of Mexican descent, so his attorneys attempted to quash both the indictment and jury … Continue reading

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On April 19,1994, the United States Supreme Court held in J.E.B. v. Alabama that the Equal Protection clause prohibits gender-based discrimination during jury selection. Justice Blackmun, who authored the majority Opinion, explained– “Equal opportunity to participate in the fair administration … Continue reading

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On January 21, 1975, the United States Supreme Court decided Taylor v. Louisiana.  This case arose after an all-male jury (chosen from an all-male venire) found Billy Taylor guilty of a serious criminal offense.  Taylor alleged that his right to an … Continue reading

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On December 25, 1962, the movie To Kill a Mockingbird opened.  Learn more at http://goo.gl/jljY20 and http://goo.gl/RT4GzQ.

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On This Date in Legal History

Batson was a Black man accused of committing a felony.  At his trial the prosecutor removed all Blacks from serving on the jury, so he had an all-White panel.  He objected claiming his equal protection rights were violated, however, the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 20, 1961, the United States Supreme Court decided Hoyt v. Florida. The case involved an all-male jury convicting Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. In Florida women were excluded from jury service unless they proactively registered with the clerk … Continue reading

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The Trial of John Peter Zenger

On August 4, 1735, 280 years ago today, the trial of John Peter Zenger took place at the site of Federal Hall in Manhattan. Zenger printed the newspaper— the New-York Weekly Journal, which was critical of the Governor of New … Continue reading

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On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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