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On This Date in Legal History

On March 17, 1777, Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney was born. He was the 11th United States Attorney General and the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for 28 years. He’s probably best remembered for … Continue reading

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Former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller

On April 5, 1816, former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller was born in Kentucky.  By today’s standards he had a more unconventional background for a justice– he worked as a physician for about 10 years.  While practicing medicine, however, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1777 Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney was born.  He was the 11th United States Attorney General and the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for 28 years.  He’s probably … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1857, Chief Justice Taney announced the United States Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens; consequently, they had no standing to sue … Continue reading

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