The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” Continue reading Today in history-The US adopts the 19th amendment allowing women to vote
In an event steeped in symbolism, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev reviews the Cold War in a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri—the site of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech 46 years before. Gorbachev mixed praise for the end of the Cold War with some pointed criticisms of U.S. policy. Continue reading Courtroom Mail History- Today in 1992 Gorbachev reviews the Cold War
Today in history,1886,Ohio passes a statute that makes seduction unlawful. Covering all men over the age of 18 who worked as teachers or instructors of women, this law even prohibited men from having consensual sex with women (of any age) whom they were instructing. The penalty for disobeying this law ranged from two to 10 years in prison. Continue reading Courtroom Mail History: Today in 1886, Seduction is made illegal-The last Paragraph will make you laugh
The sponsor of Justice Ayo Phillips Courtroom Mail for Young Lawyers-Justice Ayotunde Philips rtd has urged the young lawyers who won the 2018 competition to continue to be diligent in the practice of Law. Continue reading Just in- Winners of Justice Ayo Phillips Competition receive Prize
The Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos branch will on 16th of March 2018 begin an event to celebrate the 90th birthday of Tunji Gomez. Tunji Gomez is well known among the present generation of Lawyers as the man who rattled the legal community in Nigeria in 2009 with his movement to abolish the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN). Continue reading The fascinating story of Tunji Gomez’s SAN Abolition Movement- How it all started- Anthony Atata
The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will stay out of the dispute concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for now, meaning participants will still be able to renew their status. Continue reading Supreme Court won’t hear Trump bid to end DACA program
On this day in 2011, in a Kent, Washington, courtroom, Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to the 1982 aggravated, first-degree murder of his 49th victim, 20-year-old Rebecca Marrero. Marrero’s remains were found in December 2010, decades after her murder, in a ravine near Auburn, Washington. After entering his guilty plea, the 62-year-old Ridgway received his 49th life sentence without the possibility of parole and returned to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, where he was already serving 48 consecutive life sentences, one for each of the other women he killed. Continue reading History: Courtroom Mail remembers the Green River serial killer who got 49 life sentences.
On this day in February 1990, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.He will later become the President of South Africa four years later.
A Xhosa by tribe, Mandela was born to the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. There he became involved in anti-colonial and African nationalist politics, joining the ANC in 1943 and co-founding its Youth League in 1944. After the National Party’s white-only government established apartheid, a system of racial segregation that privileged whites, he and the ANC committed themselves to its overthrow. Mandela was appointed President of the ANC’s Transvaal branch, rising to prominence for his involvement in the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People. He was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and was unsuccessfully prosecuted in the 1956 Treason Trial. Influenced by Marxism, he secretly joined the banned South African Communist Party (SACP). Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961 and led a sabotage campaign against the government. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.
Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. Amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990.
He died on the 5th of December 2013.
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The Judgement in Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company was delivered on the 7th of December, 1892 in England. The Court of Appeal in the contract law decision held that an advertisement containing certain terms to get a reward constituted a binding unilateral offer that could be accepted by anyone who performed its terms. The decision is one of the most important and popular decisions in the legal history that has influenced many other decisions across the globe. It is notable for its curious subject matter and how the influential judges (particularly Lindley LJ and Bowen LJ) developed the law in inventive ways. Carlill is frequently discussed as an introductory contract case, and may often be the first legal case a law student studies in the law of contract. Courtroom mail remembers this important case 125 years after Continue reading It is exactly 125 years since this Judgement was delivered-Lawyers across the world still remember
On the 6th of November 1985,the Supreme court of Colombia was preparing to deliver the opinion of the Court in regard to the constitutionality of the Extradition Treaty between Colombia and the United States. Continue reading Courtroom mail History:Remembering the horrifying massacre of Supreme Court Judges 30 years ago