Today in 1857: Dred Scott v. Sandford is decided

Mar 6, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott v. Sandford, ruling that persons of African descent could not be U.S. citizens.

Today in 1988: The Civil Liberties Act is signed into law

Aug 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1988, the Civil Liberties Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The Act provided reparations to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II.

How can the Fifty Shades contract be enforced?

Jul 31, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The previous post about the Fifty Shades of Grey contract concluded it is valid and legally enforceable. But which provisions are enforceable?

Today in 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson upholds “separate but equal”

May 18, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson, upholding the constitutionality of segregation laws with the rationale that facilities must be “separate but equal.”

Black minister sues Obama and the Democratic Party over historic racism

Sep 20, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Wayne Perryman, a black minister from Washington, is suing Barack Obama and the Democratic Party over the party’s historic racist policies, though the suit’s going to fail.

Today in 1688: Quakers conduct the first formal protest against slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2011 By: Katie Sheehan

Though Quakers didn’t pen an official proclamation banning slavery until 1776, Francis Daniel Pastorius, a Quaker from Germantown, drafted a protest against slavery in 1688.

Today in 1862: Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

Apr 16, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

Nine months before President Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation, he signed into law the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which

Today in 1841: The Supreme Court’s Amistad ruling

Mar 9, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

A U.S. Supreme Court decision announced on March 9, 1841, provides an early example of how a relatively narrow ruling can have