Today in 1883: SCOTUS upholds harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitation

Jan 29, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 29, 1883, the Supreme Court ruled in Pace v. Alabama that the state of Alabama was constitutionally justified in imposing harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitants.

Law & School: Schools can be held liable when students use racial slurs?

Aug 29, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

When students harass other students based on race, school officials can be liable if they deliberately turn a blind eye to it.

Today in 1964: SCOTUS rules against closing schools to stop integration

May 25, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 25, 1964, the Supreme Court ruled on Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, holding that a county may not close all public schools to stop school integration.

Today in 1976: The Hyde Amendment is passed, the first of many

Sep 30, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 30, 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which blocked federal Medicaid funds from being used for abortions.

“Sister Wives” family sues over constitutionality of anti-polygamy law

Jul 19, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” are suing in federal court to invalidate a Utah law that makes polygamy a felony.

EastLaw: How laundry laws brought a huge civil rights leap

May 11, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Yick Wo v. Hopkins came about from a Chinese challenge to a laundry regulation ordinance, and it became a huge advance in civil rights law.