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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • The Supreme Court decided Sweatt v. Painter #OTD in 1950; state's provision of separate law school for African Americans violated Equal Protection Clause b/c facilities were not equal to U. of Texas Law School #SCOTUS #civilrights
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  • The Supreme Court decided Dennis v. United States #OTD in 1951; affirmed Smith Act convictions of Communist Party USA leaders for conspiracy to advocate overthrow of U.S. government and held that Smith Act did not violate the First Amendment #SCOTUS #FirstAmendment
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  • Justice John Marshall Harlan born #OTD in 1833; came from slave owning family in KY but fought for Union in Civil War; dissented from Civil Rights Cases (1883) and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
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  • The Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education II #OTD in 1955; localities were to comply with desegregation mandate of Brown I "with all deliberate speed" #SCOTUS #BrownvBoard #civilrights
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  • The Supreme Court decided Burns v. Reed #OTD in 1991; prosecutor did not have absolute immunity from section 1983 suit based on legal advice given to police that it was permissible to hypnotize suspect and that statements under hypnosis created probable cause for arrest #SCOTUS
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