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On This Date in Legal History

On April 13, 1942, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Betts v. Brady. The question presented was– did the State of Maryland have a constitutional duty to appoint legal counsel to assist an indigent defendant indicted … Continue reading

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Korematsu Revisited

On this date in 1944, the case Korematsu v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Two years earlier a military order required Fred Korematsu to leave his home in San Leandro, California, and live in a … 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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