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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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On This Date in Legal History

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 March 17, 1777, Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney was born. He was the 11th United States Attorney General and the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for 28 years. He’s probably best remembered for … Continue reading

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On March 16, 1931, Aldridge v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case involved a black criminal defendant, Alfred Scott Aldridge, who was charged with murdering a white police officer. At Aldridge’s trial, his attorney asked the … Continue reading

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Clarence Brandenburg, a Ku Klux Klan leader, spoke at a rally and remarked– if matters continued as is, then “revengeance” might have to be taken. He was referring to the government’s alleged “suppress[ion] of the white, Caucasian, race.” On another … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

In November 1987 President Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the United States Supreme Court. You can watch President Reagan’s press conference at http://goo.gl/hzSncr. At the time he was serving as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for … Continue reading

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On January 19, 1980, William O. Douglas passed away. From 1939-1975, he served on the Supreme Court. Watch this informative piece about him at https://goo.gl/I63lRd, and learn about his judicial philosophy.

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On November 28, 1975, President Ford nominated Judge John Paul Stevens (from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) to the United States Supreme Court. Read President Ford’s announcement at https://research.archives.gov/id/7341714. On December 17, 1975, he was confirmed … Continue reading

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In 1912, Beys Afroyim immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. In 1950 he went to Israel, and the following year, voted in their elections. When he tried to renew his passport in 1960, the … Continue reading

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Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until May 28, 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson. … Continue reading

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In 1960, African Americans brought a lawsuit to desegregate the public parks and recreational facilities in the City of Memphis. On May 27, 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Watson v. City of Memphis that, “the continued denial … 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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The Bail Reform Act

In 1984, Congress passed the Bail Reform Act. This legislation requires courts to detain persons charged with serious crimes, before trial, if the government can show they are a danger to society. Two men (detained pretrial) challenged the Act as … Continue reading

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Remembering Chief Justice Edward Douglas White

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 in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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On May 17, 2010, the United States Supreme Court decided Graham v. Florida. The Court held that it was unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole for non-homicidal offenses. Justice Kennedy wrote—“The Eighth Amendment does … 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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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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A Chinese immigrant, Chae Chan Ping, lived and worked as a laborer in San Francisco from 1875 until 1887. In 1887 he returned to China for a visit. Prior to leaving he obtained a certificate that confirmed his right to … Continue reading

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Former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun

On April 14, 1970, President Nixon nominated Harry A. Blackmun to the United States Supreme Court. At the time he was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. On May 12, 1970, the Senate … Continue reading

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