U.S. Supreme Court
In 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Benjamin Nathan Cardozo to the U.S. Supreme Court. Cardozo was the second Jew to serve on the nation’s highest court after Louis D. Brandeis. Previously, Cardozo served as a judge on the New York State Supreme Court and as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Cardozo was a twin with his sister Emily. He was a cousin of the poet Emma Lazarus.
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.
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.
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 government.
Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. 1841-1935 by Everett
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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.
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"