Legal History

970 ABA Journal articles on Legal History.

Trump attorney’s statement that he paid Stormy Daniels $130K raises ethics questions
Michael D. Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said Tuesday that he used his own money to pay a porn actress $130,000 who is alleged to have claimed to have had an affair with Trump before he became president. But the statement, made to the New York Times, has raised ethics questions.
DOJ explains Jeff Sessions’ improvised reference to the ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions departed from his prepared remarks on Monday when he called the office of sheriff a “critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”
Feb. 11, 1812: Gerrymander’s first sighting
Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry lent his name to the gerrymander, a legislative effort to apportion political jurisdictions.
‘The Post’ gives little attention to judge who refused to stop Pentagon Papers publication
Twenty-nine federal judges considered the federal government’s attempts to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers, and just one—U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell of Washington, D.C.—refused to grant an injunction before the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jan. 7, 1795: The Yazoo Land Fraud Becomes Law
A state-sanctioned land grab tested issues of state sovereignty and federal power in the newly independent United States. Claims under the Yazoo Land Act ultimately were resolved by the Supreme Court in Fletcher v. Peck.
Disability rights movement’s legislative impact sprang from on-campus activism
Throughout many years, disability rights activism has flourished through programs that advocate independence and provide young people opportunities to discuss with peers how laws could improve their lives.
Meet the lawyer who won Alabama’s Senate election
The Democrat who beat former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in the state's Senate race is a lawyer best known for winning the convictions of two Klansmen for the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
Dec. 23, 1948: Japan’s Wartime Leader Is Executed
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander for Allied powers, authorized a military tribunal for Hideki Tojo, Japan’s penultimate leader during much of the war. He was later convicted for his part in war crimes and sentenced to death.
Library of Congress uploads Founding Father Hamilton’s papers
The 12,000 items in the Library of Congress collection of Alexander Hamilton’s papers includes letters, drafts of speeches and writings, including the outline of Hamilton’s speech to the Constitutional Convention.
Nov. 25, 1933: ‘Ulysses’ goes on trial
On Nov. 25, 1933, U.S. v. One Book Called Ulysses went before Judge John Woolsey, who had spent his summer reading Ulysses. He was perplexed and intrigued by its narrative style When civil liberties lawyer Morris Ernst argued that author James Joyce’s intent was to replicate the meandering consciousness of everyday life—however mundane or obscene—Woolsey took his point.
Native Hawaiians wage an ongoing battle to organize into a sovereign nation
Native Hawaiians have been considered Americans for more than 100 years. But they haven’t forgotten the original sin that created their state. That sin—the forcible ouster of the Hawaiian monarchy—has some Native Hawaiians waging a legal battle to this day to regain some measure of independence.
JFK assassination documents digitized and made searchable by e-discovery firm

The legal review software company iCONECT has digitized some JFK assassination records and is offering free access for 60 days.

Launched Oct. 30, the company imported 6,701 public documents from…

Chemerinsky: The myth of ‘plain meaning’
Over recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court increasingly has embraced interpreting statutes based entirely on "plain meaning" of the words and eschewing consideration of legislative history. Justice Antonin Scalia was the champion for this when he was on the court, but Justice Elena Kagan remarked on his influence when she declared, "We're all textualists now."
Chance the Rapper gives out free tickets to ‘Marshall’

Chance the Rapper announced on Twitter on Friday that he will give away tickets to see Marshall at two Chicago movie theaters.

The rapper said he has purchased tickets…

What can we learn from the history of interracial relationships in America? (podcast)
Richard and Mildred Loving did not set out to be civil rights pioneers. But in 1958, police burst into their home and arrested them for violating the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Richard was white, and Mildred was not. They were legally married in Washington, D.C., but that did not protect them in Virginia. After years of living in virtual exile from their home state to avoid prison time, the Lovings looked to the courts for relief. And 50 years ago this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court granted that relief in Loving v. Virginia, striking down Virginia's law against interracial marriage and declaring that the freedom to marry is "one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men."

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