Timelines
Legal Rights

  • 1856
    Seizure Of Property Without Full Hearing Allowed

  • 1857
    Slaves Cannot Be Taken From Owners By Federal Law

  • 1876
    Government Can Take Private Property

  • 1922
    Conviction In Both Federal And State Court Not Double Jeopardy
    Hearing Required Before Deportation

  • 1924
    Right Against Self-Incrimination Applies In Some Civil Cases

  • 1930
    Defendants Can Give Up Right To Jury Trial

  • 1932
    Scottsboro Boys' Conviction Reversed

  • 1943
    Curfews Do Not Violate Due Process Rights

  • 1944
    Organizations Do Not Have Right Against Self-Incrimination

  • 1948
    Supreme Court Rejects Secret Trials

  • 1954
    Exclusion Of Ethnic Groups From Jury Unconstitutional

  • 1961
    Pretrial Publicity Can Jeopardize Right To Impartial Jury

  • 1963
    Right To Counsel Not Dependent On Ability To Pay

  • 1965
    Exclusion Of Jurors Based On Race Unconstitutional

  • 1966
    Suspect Has Right To Remain Silent

  • 1968
    Reservations About Death Penalty Should Not Bar One From Jury

  • 1969
    Double Jeopardy Applies To State Trials

  • 1970
    Requirement Of 12-Member Jury Eased

  • 1971
    Jury Trials Not Required For Juvenile Offenders

  • 1975
    Information In Public Court Documents May Be Published

  • 1993
    Prior Notice And A Hearing Are Required

  • 2001
    Presidential Order Permits Military Trials Of Suspected Terrorists

  • 2003
    Death Sentence Imposed After Retrial Not Double Jeopardy