Legal History

Mississippi Finishes Up the Paperwork on 13th Amendment

A mere 148 years after the end of the Civil War, Mississippi has become the last state to send in its paperwork on the 13th Amendment, which as you may recall was the one that abolished slavery. AMENDMENT XIII Passed…



UPDATE: Justice Thomas’s Full Joke Revealed

Speaking of the Supreme Court, before the debut of the Hat the big news was that Justice Thomas had astounded the legal world by actually speaking during oral argument. As it was his first utterance in nearly seven years, pundits…



There She Blows! ‘Tis the Contract for Moby Dick!

Agreement made between Harper and Brothers of the city of New York, Publishers, of the one part and Herman Melville of Pittsfield Massachusets [sic] of the other part, witnesseth— That the said Harper and Brothers have agreed to publish and…


No Calaboose Here

An arrest report reportedly filed by the sheriff of Yuma County, Arizona Territory, in 1873: Received the within process Arizona City, Jan. 1873 and served same by arresting defendant at Ehrenberg, A.T., Jan. 31, 1873, but as defendant had no…


Hi, I Own Your Land Although I Have No Evidence of That

"I have been practicing law since 1974," said Randal Harrison, "and I have never been involved in a case where someone was claiming a title based on unrecorded deeds that were over 200 years old and not having possession of…




Forty Years Later, John Dean Still Can’t Escape Watergate

Although this time, it was because he got stuck in the stairwell. This month is the 40th anniversary of the break-in at the Watergate Office Complex that ultimately led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. On June 11, the Washington…