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On This Date in Legal History

In 1912, Beys Afroyim immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. In 1950 he went to Israel, and the following year voted in their elections. When he tried to renew his passport in 1960, the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

After Brown v. Board of Education was decided, the County Board of Supervisors in Prince Edward, Louisiana, tried to circumvent integrating their public schools by not funding them, thus forcing them to close. Meanwhile, they assisted white families financially (by … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1912, Beys Afroyim immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. In 1950 he went to Israel, and the following year, voted in their elections. When he tried to renew his passport in 1960, the … Continue reading

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Two Noteworthy Equal Protection Cases

On May 25, 1959, the United States Supreme Court held in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey that a Louisiana statute, banning interracial prizefighting, violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Five years later, on May 25th, the Supreme … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 10, 1947, the United States Supreme Court decided Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing. A taxpayer, Everson, sued the government claiming it was unconstitutional to use tax money to reimburse bus fare of parochial … Continue reading

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Justice Hugo Black

Justice Hugo Black died on this date in 1971, eight days after he retired from the United States Supreme Court.  He was President Franklin Roosevelt’s first appointee to the Court. When the President nominated him he was a Senator from … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1941 Smith Betts, an unemployed farmhand who was not well educated, was indicted on a robbery charge in a Maryland courthouse. He was poor and unable to afford an attorney so he asked the Court to appoint one. The … Continue reading

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