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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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  • Congress established the Alien Terrorist Removal Court #OTD in 1996 as part of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996; ATRC has never held proceedings
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  • Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone died #OTD in 1946; succeeded by Frederick M. Vinson #SCOTUS
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  • "An Act to enforce the Provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment" (aka Second Enforcement Act, Second KKK Act) was enacted #OTD in 1871; provided right to sue for deprivation of constitutional rights by those acting "under color of law"; origin of current 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983
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  • John C. Watrous, first U.S. district judge for #Texas, who survived a movement to impeach him for misconduct, and retained his commission during the Civil War, resigned from office #OTD in 1870
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  • Chief Judge Bolitha J. Laws of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a 1945 indictment for treason of poet Ezra Pound and ordered him released from D.C. mental hospital #OTD in 1958
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