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A couple years ago Short Circuit invited its readers to take a step back in time to learn about interesting and important constitutional cases in American history. Tweeted under the hashtag #CourtingHistory, by the former, and delightfully entertaining, Director of the Center for Judicial Engagement, Sheldon Gilbert, these short synopses of historical legal cases and characters provided an informative, concise glimpse into cases from the past. Some of them are now archived, and available via the links below.
John Rock (Feb. 25, 1865)
Pierce v. Society of Sisters (March 16, 1925)
James Madison and the Bill of Rights (June 8, 1789)
Aliens, time travel, and the rational basis test (July 13, 2005)