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On This Date in Legal History

Raphael Konigsberg graduated from the University of Southern California Law School, and passed the bar examination in 1953; however, the State of California refused to admit him to practice, because he wouldn’t answer whether he was in the past, or … Continue reading

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On April 21, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Meachum v. Fano. State prisoners, who were believed to be disruptive, sued to prevent their transfer to a less desirable facility. The issue on … Continue reading

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On April 20, 1920, retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about Justice Stevens at https://goo.gl/JnYDLz.

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On April 17, 1905, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Lochner v. New York. Joseph Lochner was the owner of a bakery in Utica, New York. He was arrested after permitting one of his bakers to work … Continue reading

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In Baze v. Rees two death row inmates challenged the lethal injection protocol used in Kentucky death penalty cases. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued that the “procedures pose a danger of cruelly inhumane executions.” On April 16, 2008, the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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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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In 1956 the State Department refused to act upon applications for passports filed by American citizens, Rockwell Kent and Walter Briehl, who were allegedly affiliated with the Communist Party. Both men sued. The District Court dismissed their case, and the … Continue reading

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Since George Washington was the first president, he appointed every justice to the first Supreme Court.  On April 3, 1790, he wrote a letter to the justices expressing his belief that “the Judiciary System should not only be independent in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Alito!

On April 1, 1950, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  Justice Alito has been serving on the United States Supreme Court since January 31, 2006.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace retiring … Continue reading

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On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gregg v. Georgia on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court proceedings … Continue reading

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On March 26, 1930, Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas. Happy birthday, Justice O’Connor. President Reagan sent a letter to the U.S. Senate confirming his nomination of Justice O’Connor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme … Continue reading

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On January 30, 1970, two police officers saw a teenager ( the “Appellee” in the case of Smith v. Goguen) on a street in Leominster, Massachusetts, with an American flag sewn to the seat of his pants. The teen was … Continue reading

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On March 24, 2009, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments, for the first time, in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Justice Kagan, who was Solicitor General at the time, argued the Government’s position during reargument on … Continue reading

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Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. He timed his demonstration to coincide with the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The delegates were meeting to renominate Reagan for … Continue reading

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The case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld arose after a widower, Steven C. Wiesenfeld (“Wiesenfeld”) was denied his Social Security survivor benefits upon his wife’s death during childbirth. Wiesenfeld opted not to work (outside the home) in order to raise their child. His wife, … Continue reading

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When a special police officer, Dick Heller, tried to register a handgun in Washington, D.C., his application was denied. A law banned handguns in the home. (A lawful gun in a home had to be disassembled or locked.) Heller sued … Continue reading

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On August 17, 1998, President Clinton testified before a grand jury that was investigating whether he perjured himself (under oath) when he described his relationship with a White House intern Monica Lewinsky. You can listen to the President’s grand jury … Continue reading

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On August 5, 2010, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan’s nomination to be the 112th Justice to the Supreme Court on a 63 to 37 vote.  You can find the Roll Call at http://1.usa.gov/1UlZ7Nj.  She was sworn in on August 7. Find … Continue reading

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On August 2, 1993, President Clinton’s nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court was brought to the Senate floor.  Read what Senators had to say about her qualifications in the Congressional Record at … Continue reading

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