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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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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.

Gary Gilmore (1940-1977) was convicted of two murders in Utah and later became famous for insisting his death sentence by firing squad be carried out. He was the first person executed in the U.S. after new death penalty laws were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. His famous last words were: 'Let’s do it!' A book was written about his crimes~ "Executioner's Song"

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Sonia Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, New York. Her desire to be a judge was first inspired by the TV show Perry Mason. She graduated from Yale Law School and passed the bar in 1980. She became a  U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

Sonia Sotomayor

Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

On February 20, 2002, Timothy Wayne Adams shot his child, a 19-month-old boy, twice in the chest resulting in his death, because the child's mother ended their relationship. Adams was executed with lethal injection on February 22, 2011, 35 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal. He declined to make a final statement.

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.

Thurgood Marshall, then chief counsel for the NAACP, poses for a photo taken circa 1950. In 1967, Marshall became the first African-American elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Warren E. Burger - 15th Chief Justice of the United States

Warren E. Burger - 15th Chief Justice of the United States

Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. (1841-1935), was a professor of law at Harvard University and judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court prior to his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, 1924.

Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. 1841-1935 by Everett

Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. 1841-1935 Photograph by Everett

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…

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…

Can you guess who this is?     It's Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice! She handled several sex discrimination cases for the @ACLU of New Jersey in the early 1970s. #ThrowbackThursday #aclu

Can you guess who this is? It's Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice! She handled several sex discrimination cases for the @ACLU of New Jersey in the early 1970s. #ThrowbackThursday #aclu

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks Seven-Year Silence in Court.

Justice Clarence Thomas breaks seven-year silence in court

Justice Clarence Thomas said four words in oral arguments on Monday, breaking his silence on the bench for the first time in nearly seven years. The...

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.

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 is seated in the bottom row, middle as he sits with the U.S. supreme Court in 1925

William Howard Taft is seated in the bottom row, middle as he sits with the U.S. supreme Court in 1925

Taft, William Howard: oath of office as chief justice of the U.S. 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.