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  • emUnited States v Nixonem Oral Argument
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    United States v. Nixon Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Nixon concerned the executive privilege of the president regarding his unwillingness to voluntarily turn over tape recordings of several…

  • emRoe v Wadeem 1972 Oral Arguments
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    Roe v. Wade 1972 Oral Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973, in Roe vs. Wade made laws outlawing a woman’s right to abortion unconstitutional. Sarah Weddington and Robert Flowers argued the case of a Texas woman who sued the…

  • emWebster v Reproductive Health Servicesem Oral Arguments
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    Webster v. Reproductive Health Services Oral Arguments

    Attorneys made oral arguments in the 1989 case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. Then Missouri Attorney General William Webster argued the case for the respondents. Frank Susman argued the case for the…

  • emRoe v Wadeem 1971 Oral Argument
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    Roe v. Wade 1971 Oral Argument

    Attorneys presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark abortion case Roe. v. Wade. Sarah Weddington argued for Roe, the pseudonym for a Texas woman who sought to…

  • Justice Brennan Body Arrival
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    Justice Brennan Body Arrival

    Justice Brennan’s body arrived at the Supreme Court where it was scheduled to lie in repose for public viewing. Before the Great Hall of the Supreme Court was opened to the public, a small ceremony was…

  • Justice Brennan Lying in Repose
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    Justice Brennan Lying in Repose

    Shots of persons paying respects to Justice Brennan were shown.

  • Justice Brennan Lying in Repose
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    Justice Brennan Lying in Repose

    Shots of persons paying respects to Justice Brennan were shown. Viewers also talked about the life and legacy of Justice Brennan.

  • Justice Brennan Profile
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    Justice Brennan Profile

    The life and career of Justice Brennan, who died last week at the age of 91, is profiled. Justice Brennan served on the Court for 33 years following his appointment by President Eisenhower.…

  • emMiranda v Arizonaem Oral Arguments
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    Miranda v. Arizona Oral Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Miranda v. Arizona, concerning the Fifth Amendment rights of Ernesto Miranda. He signed a confession of kidnapping and rape without…

  • Abolishing Capital Punishment
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    Abolishing Capital Punishment

    Various opponents of capital punishment paid tribute to Justice Brennan for his opposition to it and talked about the importance of abolishing the death penalty because it is inhumane and…

  • Justice Breyer Swearingin Ceremony
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    Justice Breyer Swearing-in Ceremony

    Associate Justice Scalia swore in Justice Stephen Breyer during a White House ceremony. Vice president Gore spoke for the president who was in Minneapolis advocating his crime bill. He said Breyer’s…

  • Medal of Freedom Ceremony
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    Medal of Freedom Ceremony

    President Clinton presented the Medal of Freedom to this years' five recipients. The recipients were seated on either side of the president as he described their historical accomplishments…

  • Judicial Awards Ceremony
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    Judicial Awards Ceremony

    The Freedom Forum presented the Freedom Forum Award to retired Supreme Court Justice Brennan and to the son of late Supreme Court Justice Marshall.

  • Pepper Distinguished Service Award
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    Pepper Distinguished Service Award

    In an award ceremony honoring Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, he received the third annual Claude Pepper Distinguished Service Award. The Pepper Distinguished Service…

  • Federal Courts Progress  Prospects
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    Federal Courts: Progress & Prospects

    This event is sponsored by the Bicentennial Conference on the Judiciary Act of 1789. Participants, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices discuss the establishment and role of the…

  • Edward Bennett Williams Law Libr Dedication
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    Edward Bennett Williams Law Libr. Dedication

  • Justice William Brennan
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    Justice William Brennan

    Justice William Brennan discussed legal progress made in the areas of discrimination and civil rights. He also discussed his lengthy and distinguished career in the legal profession, and…

  • Influence of US Constitution
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    Influence of U.S. Constitution

    Justice Brennan said the U.S. Constitution has influenced the world’s view of constitutional law and has been the model of many similar documents worldwide. He also sharply criticized the…

  • Shakespeare Author or Pseudonym
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    Shakespeare: Author or Pseudonym?

    Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices heard a moot court debate over the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. The mock trial was organized to explore the theory that Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl…

  • Supreme Court and the Constitution
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    Supreme Court and the Constitution

    Current and past Justices talked about the duty of the Supreme Court. Legal reporters and C-SPAN looked at the Supreme Court.

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