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On This Date in Legal History

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 27-28, 1919, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Debs v. United States. The case arose after Eugene Debs gave a speech on June 16, 1918, intending to encourage others not to join … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2011 the United States Supreme Court decided Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder, the father of a marine who died serving in Iraq, sued the Westboro Baptist Church (“Westboro”) and its founder, Fred Phelps, for picketing near his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1968, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arose after three students wore small black armbands to school protesting the Vietnam War. When they refused to … Continue reading

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