Today in 1986: SCOTUS limits student free speech

Jul 7, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 7, 1986, the Supreme Court limited the constitutional freedom of speech protections afforded to students in its Bethel School District v. Fraser ruling.

Today in 1986: Bowers v. Hardwick is decided

Jun 30, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 30, 1986, the Supreme Court decided Bowers v. Hardwick, which upheld Georgia’s criminal statute banning homosexual sodomy.

Today in 1980: The Supreme Court allows the first patent of a genetically-modified organism

Jun 16, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 16, 1980, the Supreme Court ruled in Diamond v. Chakrabarty that genetically-modified organisms are patentable, allowing for today’s widespread GMO use.

Today in 1986: SCOTUS upholds aerial surveillance by police

May 19, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Thanks to California v. Ciraolo, the question of whether surveillance by police UAVs is constitutional has already been answered – and in the affirmative.

Today in 1980: SCOTUS rules on definition of “interrogation” in Miranda context

May 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 12, 1980, the Supreme Court decided Rhode Island v. Innis, in which the Court addressed the question of what exactly constitutes police interrogation for the purposes of the Miranda warning.

Today in 1988: Apple sues Microsoft for copyright infringement

Mar 17, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 17, 1988, Apple sued Microsoft for copyright infringement, claiming the latter’s Windows 2.0 operating system copied design elements from Apple’s Macintosh OS.

Today in 1986: SCOTUS rules that defendant wasn’t prejudiced by attorney’s refusal to allow perjury

Feb 26, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 26, 1986, the Supreme Court held in Nix v. Whiteside that a defendant wasn’t prejudiced by his attorney’s refusal to allow him to give false testimony at trial.

Today in 1984: The Commercial Space Launch Act is passed

Oct 30, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

The entire concept of “private space travel” was completely foreign prior to this day in 1984, when the Commercial Space Launch Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Today in 1989: SCOTUS rules that gender stereotyping can be sex discrimination

May 1, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 1, 1989, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark sex discrimination case Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins.

Today in 1989: The Whistleblower Protection Act is signed into law

Apr 10, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 10, 1989, the Whistleblower Protection Act was signed into law, marking the beginning of the modern era of whistleblower defense laws.

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