This Week in 1969: Street v. New York

By Madison Breshears, 1L Research Assistant On a summer afternoon in 1966, Sidney Street was listening to the radio in his Brooklyn apartment when he heard James Meredith had been shot.[1] The well-known civil rights leader had been hit by a sniper’s bullet in Mississippi during his lone march through the South. Street recalled saying … Continue reading “This Week in 1969: Street v. New York”

This Week in 1919: Frohwerk v. United States

By Madison Breshears The politics of wartime have never been conducive to the protection of individual liberties. Still, conflict provides an illuminating stress-test for the condition of a nation’s commitment to its self-proclaimed values—excavating and laying bare critical questions about the democratic conscience that may have otherwise remained unexamined. It was not until the unprecedented … Continue reading “This Week in 1919: Frohwerk v. United States”

Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District By Madison Breshears On this day in 1969, the Supreme Courtheld for the student petitioners in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District by a 7-2 majority. The opinion, delivered by Justice Fortas, remains among the most emphatic affirmations of students’ First Amendment rights. … Continue reading “Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District”