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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 Mapp v. Ohio #OTD in 1961; applied exclusionary rule (evidence obtained in violation of Fourth Amendment inadmissible) to state courts (pic: Dollree Mapp)
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  • The Commerce Court was established #OTD in 1910 to hear appeals from the Interstate Commerce Commission; court abolished in 1913
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  • President John Tyler w/drew #SCOTUS nomination of Reuben Walworth (pictured) #OTD in 1844 & nominated John Spencer; on same day, Tyler w/drew Spencer and renominated Walworth (not confirmed).
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  • The Department of Justice filed suit against The New York Times in the Southern District of New York #OTD in 1971, seeking to halt the paper's series of articles on the Pentagon Papers; see FJC materials on the case:
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik (M.D. Pa.) died June 13 at age 94
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