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On This Date in Legal History

In August 1965 a law passed that made it a federal crime to destroy or mutilate a draft card. On March 31, 1966, David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service registration certificates to show their opposition to … Continue reading

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On May 26, 2009, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Prior to her becoming the first Latina to sit on the Court she practiced for many years as an attorney, and served as a judge … Continue reading

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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 May 25, 2006, a Houston jury found Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, former Enron executives, guilty of corporate fraud. They misrepresented Enron’s worth– losses and debts were hidden, and profits were inflated. On December 2, 2001, Enron, once the … Continue reading

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On May 24, 1870, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was born. From 1914 to 1932 he served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to the … Continue reading

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On May 23, 1889, Mabel Walker Willebrandt was born. From 1921 to 1929 she was the Assistant Attorney General of the United States responsible for enforcing prohibition (the Volstead Act). To learn more about this remarkable attorney, read Can This Woman … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice William Brennan

On October 15, 1956, President Eisenhower appointed William Brennan to the high court. On July 20, 1990, Justice Brennan retired after serving on the Supreme Court for over 33 years. In July 1997, he passed away, but his legacy lives … Continue reading

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On May 19, 1921, former Chief Justice Edward Douglas White passed away. He served on the United States Supreme Court for 26 years. He was the first Associate Justice to become a Chief Justice on the high court. More noteworthy, … Continue reading

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In 1890 the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies to provide “for separate railway carriages for the white and colored races.”  The races weren’t permitted to sit together.  Any passenger who violated the law was subject to … Continue reading

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On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones, and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

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Gerald Gault and a friend allegedly made an obscene phone call to a neighbor. On June 8, 1964, both boys were taken into custody. After a hearing Gerald was committed to the State Industrial School until he was 21. His … Continue reading

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Lyndon Johnson met former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas when they were both working in Washington, D.C. in the late 30s. Then in 1948, Fortas helped Johnson win a highly contested Senate seat. Johnson viewed Fortas as a trusted advisor, … Continue reading

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In 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, a Pentagon analyst, turned over to the New York Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers, a classified file widely known as the “Pentagon Papers”.  The file revealed  that the government was providing the American public with … Continue reading

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On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 63-37. See the Senate Roll Call at http://goo.gl/sCXFAA. On August 7, 2010, she was sworn in as … Continue reading

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On May 9, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee began its formal investigation into the possible impeachment of President Nixon. Take a look at the U.S. Government Printing Office’s “History of Proceedings” at https://goo.gl/mOe2xn.

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The 27th Amendment

On May 7, 1992, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  The Amendment reads– “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened”. Simply … Continue reading

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On May 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Town of Greece v. Galloway. The Court (in a 5:4 decision) held that reciting a prayer before a town meeting doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Read more about … 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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In 1924 the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded facility sought to forcibly sterilize Carrie Buck under the state’s eugenics sterilization law. She and her mother, Emma, were under the state’s care, and Carrie allegedly had a child who was, … Continue reading

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