This day in News History: May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
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What Data on Texas Death Row Executions Since 1972 Reveals
Demographic statistics about Texas's death row inmates shows how race, gender, and geography impact the use of the death penalty in the state.
Good Counsel: How Thurgood Marshall Inspired Me
Thurgood Marshall made history as the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Before becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who is perhaps best remembered for his part in ending legal racial segregation in schools, in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.
Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, its 2nd African American (succeeding Justice Thurgood Marshall) on Oct 16, 1991. Justice Thomas is generally viewed as among the most conservative members of the Court. He's approached federalism issues in a way that limits the power of the federal government & expands power of state & local governments. At the same time his opinions have generally supported a strong executive branch w/the federal…
Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He became one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the high court. His opinions were, according to legal scholars, some of the "greatest defenses" of freedom of speech and the right to privacy ever written by a member of the Supreme Court.
William Howard Taft | Biography, Accomplishments, Presidency, & Facts
William Howard Taft, 27th president (1909–13) and 10th chief justice of the United States (1921–30). As president, Taft alienated progressive Republicans, thereby contributing to the split in Republican ranks in 1912, to the formation of the Bull Moose Party, and to his failure to win a second term.