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Discussion in 'General Chat, News, TV, Politics' started by army judge, Apr 20, 2020.

  1. army judge

    army judge Law Topic Starter Super Moderator

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    It was on April 20,1977 that our U.S. Supreme Court ruled (6-3) in Wooley v. Maynard, car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on state issued license plates, such as New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die."




    Facts of the case

    A New Hampshire law required all noncommercial vehicles to bear license plates containing the state motto "Live Free or Die." George Maynard, a Jehovah's Witness, found the motto to be contrary to his religious and political beliefs and cut the words "or Die" off his plate. Maynard was convicted of violating the state law and was subsequently fined and given a jail sentence.
    Question

    Did the New Hampshire law unconstitutionally interfere with the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment?




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  2. welkin

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    Well after reading the case, I would say they did and so did the Supreme Court.
     
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    There has never been a doubt in my mind that the Court got this case right.
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Law Topic Starter Super Moderator

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    Unlike Dred Scott, they nailed Maynard.
     
  7. army judge

    army judge Law Topic Starter Super Moderator

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    On April 22nd, 1864 the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864.

    The law allows “In God We Trust” to be printed on U.S. coins; the phrase was eventually added to all of our nation's currency.

    A bit of irony can also be informative.

    On April 22nd of 2004 the Chinese Communist government reported at least two people were hospitalized with possible SARS (another Chi Com INSPIRED slaughter weapon) and five others who had been in contact with one of the "victims" were hospitalized high fevers.

    Hmm, history is very often today's prologue.

    Time marches onward...
     
  8. Tax Counsel

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    And in my view, printing that phrase our coins and bills is a mistake for a nation committed to separation of church and state in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Unlike England, we do not have a national church or religion to which everyone is supposed to belong. That was one of the issues that motivated the revolution that brought us independence from England — the freedom to worship (or not) as we please. And not everyone in this great nation believes in, much less trusts, a God.
     
  9. adjusterjack

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    How about our Pledge of Allegiance? "One nation, under God."

    Our National Anthem: "And this be our motto, in God is our trust."

    Opening prayers in Congress include supplications to God. The US Supreme Court ruled against similar non-denominational voluntary prayer in schools in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale).
     
  10. Tax Counsel

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    That was not part of the original pledge of allegiance, either. It was added in 1954 as part of the reaction to the communist red scare. It should not have been changed for the same reason I stated before. I would say our national anthem should not include the reference to God either.
     
  11. army judge

    army judge Law Topic Starter Super Moderator

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    The phrase "separation of church and state" is derived from a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper.

    The first amendment doesn't mention the "establishment clause".

    It was not until after World War II that the Supremes created an interpretation labeled the "establishment clause".

    In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), the Court held that the "establishment clause" is one of the liberties protected by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, making it applicable to state laws and local ordinances. Since then the Court has attempted to discern the precise nature of the separation of church and state.

    The unelected nine legislators (posing as justices) who sit for decades on the Court are responsible for much mischief and misinterpretation.
     
  12. army judge

    army judge Law Topic Starter Super Moderator

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    Today in presidential history:

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  13. adjusterjack

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    This is interesting. William Shakespeare was born and died on April 23.

    "According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before."

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/william-shakespeare-born
     
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    The US Supreme Court determined unanimously Thursday (April 23rd) that there is no “willfulness” required in the Lanham Act for trademark infringers to disgorge profits.

    The dispute arose over Fossil’s use of Romag fasteners on its handbags.

    Romag discovered that Fossil’s Chinese manufacturers were using counterfeit Romag fasteners and alleged trademark infringement and false representation.

    They refuse to stop their chicanery.

    It is beyond time to STOP doing business with thieves.
     
  15. army judge

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    April 26, 1944 - Federal troops seized the Chicago offices of Montgomery Ward and removed its chairman after his refusal to obey President Roosevelt's order to recognize a CIO union. The seizure ended when unions won an election to represent the company's workers.

    What is "Montgomery Ward"?

    You can FF to about 1:33 to get to the point, what is "Montgomery Ward" aka "Monkey Ward".

     
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    May 7, 1844—176 years ago today—the river steamer Scioto Belle arrived in Galveston from New Orleans. The steamer, which was apparently built on the Scioto River in Ohio, was described in a contemporary report as a substantial, well-built ship suited for hauling freight and with excellent accommodations. It operated between the Galveston and Houston landings on the Trinity River, and in 1844, during a yellow fever epidemic, it was docked and converted into a hospital.
     
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    May 7, 1660 - Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni. (How's that for obscure.)

    May 7, 1824 - Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony premiered in Vienna.

    May 7, 1915 - The sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine.

    May 7, 1945 - Although VE (Victory in Europe) Day is celebrated on May 8, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies on May 7.
     
  18. Tax Counsel

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    I'm not seeing any of those as a "Date in Legal History" though.
     
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    I could give you a legal tie-in to all but Beethoven's 9th.
     
  20. adjusterjack

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    I think we got away from the "legal" part a while back.

    Here's some:

    May 7, 1873 - Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase died.

    May 7, 1896 - Dr H. H. Holmes, a serial killer, was hanged in Philadelphia.

    May 7, 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, barring Congress from granting its members pay raises in the middle of terms.

    May 7, 2015 - A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records was illegal.


    And now for something completely different:

    Actress, and former porn star, Traci Lords is 52 today.
     

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