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Ableman v. Booth; United States v. Booth

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21 How. (62 U.S.) 506 (1859), argued 19 Jan. 1859, decided 7 Mar. 1859 by vote of 9 to 0; Taney for the Court. In the spring of 1854, Benjamin S. Garland, a slaveowner from Missouri, went...

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Algernon Sidney

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(1622–83),

the grandnephew of Sir P. Sidney, took up arms against Charles I and was wounded at Marston Moor. He was employed on government service until the Restoration, but his...

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Appeals System

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Appellate jurisdiction in the criminal courts is determined by the nature of the offence. In the case of a summary offence, appeals by the defendant against conviction and/or sentence in...

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Argersinger v. Hamlin

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407 U.S. 25 (1972), argued 6 Dec. 1971, reargued 28 Feb. 1972, decided 12 June 1972 by vote of 9 to 0; Douglas for the Court; Brennan, Stewart, Burger, Powell, and Rehnquist concurring.

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Betts v. Brady

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — Law.

316 U.S. 455 (1942) Vote: 6–3 For the Court: Roberts Dissenting: Black, Douglas, and Murphy

316 U.S. 455 (1942)

Vote: 6–3

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Bill of Rights

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(1791)

The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the USA. The constitutional arrangements of 1787 were assumed to guarantee human and civil rights, but omission of specific...

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Business of the Court

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The business of the Supreme Court has changed substantially over its history, both causing and reflecting broad socioeconomic and political changes. Major shifts in the amount and nature of...

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Charles Stone

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(1824–1887),

former U.S. Civil War officer in the service of the khedive of Egypt. Charles Stone, a former Union general in the American Civil War, served as chief of staff ...

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Chinese Exclusion Cases

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A series of disputes settled by the Supreme Court during the 1880s and 1890s: Chew Heong v. United States, 112 U.S. 536 (1884), argued 30 Oct. 1884, decided 8 Dec. 1884 by vote of 7 to 2,...

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civil liberties

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One of the fundamental principles of open, free societies, written into constitutions of many nations, civil liberty is the right of citizens to go about their lawful business without...

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