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On October 14, 1911, former Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan passed away. From 1877 to 1911 he served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court where he earned the reputation as the “great dissenter.” He’s probably … Continue reading

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On October 13, 2004, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Roper v. Simmons.  Roper involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death.  He was 17 … Continue reading

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In 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville W. Fuller to be chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment (41 to 20), and on October 8, 1888, he was sworn in. Notably, it was Chief Justice Fuller … Continue reading

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On October 7, 2014, oral argument took place before the United States Supreme Court in Holt v. Hobbs.  A devout Muslim prisoner objected to a prison policy that prevented him from growing a ½-inch beard in accordance with his religious … Continue reading

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President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court.  On October 6, 1991, news organizations reported that a law professor, Anita Hill, claimed that Judge Thomas had formerly sexually harassed her at work. She had worked for him … Continue reading

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On October 1, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1924, William H. Rehnquist was born. In 1972 President Nixon nominated him to the United States Supreme Court, and the Senate confirmed his nomination as an associate justice.  The vote was 68 to 26.  Then in 1986 … Continue reading

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On September 30, 1857, Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis resigned from the United States Supreme Court. He’s probably best known for his dissenting opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. In Dred Scott the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were … Continue reading

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On September 29, 2005, John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens administered the oath of office in the East Room of the White House. You can … Continue reading

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President George H.W. Bush nominated David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court. You can read the transcript from his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at atgoo.gl/294R9Z. On September 27, 1990, the Judiciary Committee voted 13-1 to endorse his nomination. See … Continue reading

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On September 26, 1789, the Senate confirmed John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the first Chief Judge of the New York Supreme Court. Learn more about the Justice’s other … Continue reading

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On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act. The Act created our federal court system. It stated the Supreme Court was to have a chief justice and five associate justices (but Congress has since increased … Continue reading

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President Eisenhower nominated John Marshall Harlan to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment in a 71-11 vote. He served on the court for over 16 years. He retired on September 23, 1971. Learn more about this … Continue reading

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President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. On September 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination (99-0). Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://goo.gl/WnRvev. She became the first woman to serve on the … Continue reading

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On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court. According to the Supreme Court Historical Society, he was the first Associate Justice to attend law school. He attended Tapping Reeve Law School in … Continue reading

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President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … Continue reading

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John Blair, Jr. was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and a former Supreme Court justice. In 1789 George Washington appointed him to the court, and he served as a justice until 1796. On August 31, 1800, he passed away. … Continue reading

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President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court. Read the Congressional Record here– http://goo.gl/yKSlzW. Learn more … Continue reading

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On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more about her at http://bit.ly/1MfCTK6.

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On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Watch her swearing-in ceremony at http://goo.gl/iVxlaA, and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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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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