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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 upheld the conviction of Seattle bootlegger Roy Olmstead #OTD in 1928; see FJC materials on the Olmstead case:
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  • The Supreme Court decided Hammer v. Dagenhart #OTD in 1918; invalidated the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act, which prohibited interstate shipment of goods made w/ child labor #SCOTUS
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  • The Civil Rights Act of 1870 (aka Enforcement Act or First KKK Act) became law #OTD, expanding jurisdiction of federal courts by making it a federal crime to attempt to prevent African Americans from voting by force, threats, intimidation, etc. #civilrights #voting
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Propst (N.D. Alabama) died May 14 at age 87
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  • Former U.S. District Judge Shirley Brannock Jones (D. Maryland) died May 16 at age 93
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