Today in 1940: SCOTUS rules that confessions obtained by police coercion are inadmissible

Feb 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 12, 1940, the Supreme Court held in Chambers v. Florida that confessions obtained under duress by police are inadmissible in court.

Today in 1993: The Family and Medical Leave Act is signed into law

Feb 5, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 5, 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, which allowed eligible employees 12 weeks of unpaid family leave.

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.

Today in 1944: Korematsu v. U.S. is decided

Dec 18, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court ruled on Korematsu v. U.S., the now-infamous case that upheld Japanese internment during World War II.

Today in 1973: SCOTUS rules no justification needed for search incident to arrest

Dec 11, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 11, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Robinson that law enforcement needed no further justification to conduct personal searches of those lawfully arrested.

Today in 1882: In major sovereign immunity ruling, SCOTUS decides fate of Arlington National Cemetery

Dec 4, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 4, 1882, the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Lee, a major sovereign immunity ruling that determined the future of Arlington National Cemetery.

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 1898: Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas is born

Oct 16, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On October 16, 1898, Justice William O. Douglas, the longest serving justice in U.S. Supreme Court history, was born.

Today in 2012: California passes law allowing “driverless” cars on public roads

Sep 25, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

Three years ago today, California enacted SB 1298, which legally allows “autonomous vehicles” to operate on roads within the state.

Today in 2004: Louisiana voters approve constitutional same-sex marriage ban

Sep 18, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 18, 2004, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly supported a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, one of the first states to do so.

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