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On July 25, 1965, former Associate Justice Arthur J. Goldberg retired from the United States Supreme Court. Read a fascinating profile of the justice at https://goo.gl/fXXBpV.

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On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided United States v. Nixon. President Nixon was ordered to produce the audio recordings that were relevant in the Watergate case. The Court (unanimously) rejected the President’s argument that the tapes were protected … Continue reading

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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas … Continue reading

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On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

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On July 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day starting … Continue reading

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On July 13, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the minutes from the entire proceedings at  http://1.usa.gov/1Sj63rQ. On August … Continue reading

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On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  You can gain a better understanding of the Amendment by reading–  10 Huge Supreme Court Cases About the 14th Amendment at http://goo.gl/sVloVJ. On July 9, 1974, Chief Justice Earl … Continue reading

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In 1801 President John Adams nominated John Marshall as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and the Senate confirmed his appointment. He served on the Court until his death on July 6, 1835. He’s credited for establishing the … Continue reading

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On July 6, 1835, former Chief Justice John Marshall passed away.  He served on the United States Supreme Court for 34 years.  Learn about this distinguished jurist at http://goo.gl/AvJXyo.

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On July 3, 1981, Associate Justice Potter Stewart retired from the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about this eminent justice at http://goo.gl/H6YOvB.

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On July 2, 1908, Thurgood Marshall was born. He was the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He left a monumental imprint on the nation’s civil rights history. To learn about this highly regarded jurist, go … Continue reading

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On July 1, 1991, President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court. You can watch the President announce his nomination at http://goo.gl/6pd9XN. At the time, Justice Thomas was on the United States Court of Appeals for the District … Continue reading

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On June 30 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1921, President Harding nominated William Howard Taft to the Supreme Court where he remained for nine years. He’s the only President to serve on the Court. When he was Chief Justice, the Supreme Court was housed at … Continue reading

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On June 29, 1972, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Furman v. Georgia. Prisoners appealed their death sentences– claiming that the punishment, as applied to them, was unconstitutional. The Court agreed, and explained in a per curium … Continue reading

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In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Associate Justice Harlan Fiske Stone to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and on January 27, 1941, the Senate confirmed his appointment. He became our twelfth Chief Justice—he served in that position … Continue reading

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On January 26, 1987,  Justice Lewis Powell retired from the United States Supreme Court. Justice Powell served on the Court for 15 years.  He was appointed by President Nixon in October 1971. Listen to a very informative interview with John Jeffries, … Continue reading

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In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On June 24, 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman. Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation. Weisman claimed that the practice … Continue reading

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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987, President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas to 0 nays. Take … Continue reading

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In 1984, protesters gathered in Dallas, Texas, to voice objections to policies adopted by the Reagan administration. During the demonstration, Gregory Lee Johnson doused an American flag with kerosene, and set it on fire. He was arrested for violating a … Continue reading

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