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On This Date in Legal History

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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On This Date in Legal History

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 This Date in Legal History

On August 24, 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to life in prison for the December 8, 1980, murder of John Lennon. He’s been up for parole several times but his applications have always … 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 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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