Legal History

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Today in Legal History: Library of Congress, War Prisoner Code, Forensic Evidence Misused

On this day in 1800, President John Adams approved a then-hefty $5,000 appropriation to establish the Library of Congress, 20 percent of which went for law books (mainly on British…

Author Dead in Crash, Wrote ‘Best & Brightest’

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist whose well-known book, The Best and the Brightest, was a fascinating window for many on the elite lawyers and others wielding political power in Washington,…

DNA Evidence Frees 200th Innocent Person

It’s official—DNA evidence today has cleared a 200th wrongfully convicted person, according to The Innocence Project, a New York City-based advocacy group.

The 200th person to be released, Jerry Miller,…

First African-American Federal Judge in Ark. Dies

Putting an end to a long career of “firsts,” Arkansas federal judge George Howard Jr. died April 21. He was 82.

The first African-American judge to sit on a federal…

Today in Legal History: Stephen Douglas Born, Natchez Fire Kills 207

On this day in 1813, famed orator and attorney Stephen A. Douglas was born near Brandon, Vt. Perhaps best-known for his fiery debates against Abraham Lincoln during the U.S. Senate…

This Day in Legal History: Anti-KKK Legislation, Supreme Court Upholds Busing

On this day in 1871, Congress passed a law intended to end the terror tactics being used against African-Americans and others by a white supremacist group called the Ku Klux…

Today in Legal History: Lincoln Viewing, Oklahoma City Bombing

On this day in 1865, U.S. Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, diplomats and military leaders paid their respects to President Abraham Lincoln as his body lay in state at…

Today in Legal History: Martin Luther Defiant, Clarence Darrow Born

On this day in 1521, Martin Luther, a German professor and theologian considered the chief force behind the Protestant Reformation in Europe, was called before the Roman Empire’s assembly, or…

Today in Legal History: Sirhan Convicted, Connally Acquitted

On this day in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of murdering former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, by shooting him during a Los Angeles campaign stop on June 5,…

Today in Legal History: Abolition, Ammunition & Cyberporn

On this day in 1862, in a harbinger of the Emancipation Proclamation issued nine months later, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. For…

Today in Legal History: Protestants Protected, Thos. Jefferson Born, Crime Stoppers Hits CA

On this day in 1598, King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, recognizing the right of Protestant Huguenots to practice their religion. Extensive details are provided on…

April 20, 1971

School Busing Gets the Green Light

March 22, 1972

Senate Approves Equal Rights Amendment

February 5, 1937

FDR Unveils Court Packing Plan

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