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  • 1. March 31 - Today in Legal History
    March 31, 1927 - Cesar Chavez Born Cesar Estrada Chavez is born near Yuma, Ariz. Chavez's family will eventually settle in San Jose, Calif., where local priest Father Donald McDonnell will introduce Chavez to the writings of St. Francis of...... Read More
    31 March 2008, 12:08 pm
  • 2. March 30 - Today in Legal History
    March 30, 1870 – Right To Vote Guaranteed Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certifies the states' ratification of the 15th Amendment, which prohibits state and federal governments from using a citizen's color, race or former slave status as a voting...... Read More
    30 March 2008, 12:06 pm
  • 3. March 29 - Today in Legal History
    March 29, 1951 - Rosenbergs Are Spies Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage for providing secrets on the construction of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union. They will be sentenced to death...... Read More
    29 March 2008, 12:04 pm
  • 4. March 28 - Today in Legal History
    March 28, 2000 – 'Stop And Frisk' Limited In Florida v. J.L., the U.S. Supreme Court limits police power to stop and frisk a person. The case involved an anonymous call to the Miami-Dade County Police Department reporting that a...... Read More
    28 March 2008, 12:02 pm
  • 5. March 27 - Today in Legal History
    March 27, 2002 - Bush Signs Campaign Reform Act President George W. Bush signs the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, imposing new limits on federal campaign spending. Under the act, commonly known as McCain-Feingold, "soft money" contributions by unions...... Read More
    27 March 2008, 11:57 am
  • 6. March 26 - Today in Legal History
    March 26, 1999 - Dr. Jack Kevorkian Convicted of Second-Degree Murder A Michigan jury finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of the second degree murder of Thomas Youk, a 53-year old man who was stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease and died...... Read More
    26 March 2008, 9:18 am
  • 7. March 25 - Today in Legal History
    March 25, 1931 - 'Scottsboro Boys' Arrested In Paint Rock, Ala., nine black teens are charged with the assault and rape of two white women. Less than a month later, they will be convicted and eight will be sentenced to...... Read More
    25 March 2008, 9:10 am
  • 8. March 24 - Today in Legal History
    March 24, 1989- Exxon Valdez Runs Aground in Alaska The tanker ship Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The tanker spills 10.9 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean, impacting over 1,100 miles...... Read More
    24 March 2008, 11:24 am
  • 9. March 23 - Today in Legal History
    March 23, 1998 - Supreme Court Upholds Term Limits for State Lawmakers The U.S. Supreme Court allows California's lawmaker term limits to stand. In refusing to hear an appeal in Bates v. Jones, the Court leaves in place a federal...... Read More
    23 March 2008, 11:23 am
  • 10. March 22 - Today in Legal History
    March 22, 1972 - Equal Rights Amendment Passed by U.S. Senate The Equal Rights Amendment is passed by the U.S. Senate, in a 84-8 vote. Section 1 of the amendment states that "Equality of rights under the law shall not...... Read More
    22 March 2008, 11:22 am