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On This Date in Legal History

On July 8, 1974, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Nixon. The lawsuit arose after a subpoena was issued in the Watergate break-in case, demanding that President Nixon produce his secretly recorded … Continue reading

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From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). On February 15, 1932, President Hoover appointed him to the United States Supreme Court where he … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1964 the United States Supreme Court decided New York Times v. Sullivan. This landmark decision revamped defamation law and provided further safeguards for freedom of the press and of speech.  Read more @ http://goo.gl/xf3lkv.  To hear … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

The Heart of Atlanta Motel refused to provide lodging to African American travelers.  It sought a ruling by the court that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Act prohibited … Continue reading

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Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan

President Eisenhower nominated John Marshall Harlan to the United States Supreme Court.  He was confirmed by the Senate ( in a vote 71-11) and sworn in as an Associate Justice on March 28, 1955.  He served on the court for … Continue reading

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