Cases

People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson

People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson Los Angeles Country Superior Court (1995) For almost a year, Americans were riveted by the O.J. Simpson case. They’d seen...

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (2005) Not thrilled that the state of Pennsylvania required the...

McGuinn v. Clarke

McGuinn v. Clarke United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Docket # 8:89-CV-DV-00518 (Filed: April 13, 1989; Closed: June 9, 1989) Beginning with five members in 1964,...

Repouille v US

Repouille v US 165 F.2d 152 (1947) In October of 1939, Louis Loftus Repouille chloroformed his 13-year-old son to death. Four years and eleven months later, he applied for U.S. citizenship...

The Case of Armin Meiwes

The Case of Armin Meiwes German Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe (2006) Two German men, Armin Meiwes, a computer specialist, and Bernd-Jürgen Brandes, a computer engineer, met in March of 2001 for the...

Worcester v. State of Georgia

Worcester v. State of Georgia 31 U.S. 515 (1832) In the early 1800s, Samuel Worcester, a native of Vermont, was serving as a missionary to the Cherokees on their tribal lands...

White-Smith Music Publishing Company v. Apollo Company

White-Smith Music Publishing Company v. Apollo Company 209 U.S. 1 (1908) In the opening decade of the 20th century, the White-Smith published sheet music from two compositions by Adam Beibel, Little...

Owen v. Crumbaugh

Owen v. Crumbaugh 81 NE (Ill.) 1044 (1907) The nephews and nieces of affluent Illinois banker and landowner James T. Crumbaugh were indignant that the family had been slighted in his...

Whistler v Ruskin

Whistler v. Ruskin Court of Exchequer, Division at Westminster (Nov. 25-26, 1878) In 1875, the American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler (as in “Whistler’s Mother”) exhibited, in a London gallery,...

Brancusi v. United States

Through the years, it’s struck me that any number of classic philosophical issues arise in the courts, and that, of course, all appellate opinions carry philosophical freight. So, with the...