Thursday, May 17, 2007

On May 17, ...

...1954, in Bolling v. Sharpe and Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Constitution's 5th and 14th Amendments forbid segregation of public schoolchildren on account of their racial heritage. NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who'd argued 1 of the consolidated cases, predicted to the New York Times "that the people of the South, the region most heavily affected, were law-abiding and would not 'resist the Supreme Court.'" Although some schools, like this one in Washington, D.C., did integrate quickly, Marshall's prediction proved overly optimistic. (1955 photo by Thomas J. O'Halloran of Washington's Barnard School courtesy of Library of Congress.)
...2005, U.S. Army Spc. Sabrina Harman, who appeared on some of the photographs taken of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, was sentenced to 6 months in prison the day after a she was found guilty on 6 of 7 charges. She apologized at her sentencing hearing: "'My actions potentially caused an increased hatred and insurgency towards the United States, putting soldiers and civilians at greater risk. ... I take full responsibility for my actions.' "

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