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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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  • 1/2 President Warren Harding (pic) gave a recess appointment to Judge William Cant of the District of Minnesota #OTD 1923; one of 5 federal judges to receive recess appointment and regular appointment from 2 different presidents
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  • The Supreme Court decided Riggins v. Nevada #OTD in 1992; involuntary administration of anti-psychotic drugs during trial, without showing of necessity by the state, violated defendant's fair trial and due process rights under Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments #SCOTUS
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  • The Supreme Court decided Schneider v. Rusk #OTD in 1964; law revoking U.S. citizenship after naturalized citizen spent 3 years in country of origin was discriminatory and violated due process under Fifth Amendment
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  • Senior U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diana E. Murphy (8th Circuit) died yesterday at age 84
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  • John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1789-1795) died #OTD in 1829 #SCOTUS
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