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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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  • #ICYMI: read a brief overview essay explaining the different types of federal courts that have existed throughout U.S. history
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  • #SCOTUS heard arguments in Katz v. United States #OTD in 1967; Court later held that electronic listening device placed on top of public pay phone violated defendant's Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure
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  • #SCOTUS heard arguments in I.N.S. v. Doherty #OTD in 1991; case resulted in deportation of Joe Doherty, a member of the Irish Republican Army convicted of murdering a British soldier who escaped from prison, fled to the U.S., and requested political asylum
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  • The Judicial Conduct and Disability Act became law #OTD in 1980; provided alternative procedures and remedies for allegations of judicial misconduct
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  • Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham (one of several cases with this caption), in which #SCOTUS overturned Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth's conviction for violating a city ordinance by standing on a sidewalk during a department store boycott, was argued #OTD in 1965
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