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Sterilization Laws and How the United States Can Be Wrong and Evil

My Country – Sterilization Laws In 1935, an Oklahoma law provided for sterilization of habitual criminals. A habitual criminal was as a person who was convicted two or more times for crimes “amounting to felonies involving moral turpitude.” Jack T. Skinner, had been convicted once for chicken-stealing and twice for armed robbery. The legislature passed the …

Corporate Personhood, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the First Amendment

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My Country – The Legal Fiction of Corporate Personhood Not long after we ratified the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court extended it to corporations. At this time, jury selection continued to cause problems. Voting rights failed to truly reach African-Americans. But the Supreme Court gave equal protection and due process to corporations. Some things never …

Buck v. Bell, Compulsory Sterilization, and the Constitution

My Country – Buck v. Bell, 274 US 200 (1927) On March 20, 1924, Virgina enacted a statute providing for the sexual sterilization of inmates found to have hereditary forms of insanity or “imbecility.” Carrie Buck The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded opened in 1910. Although the Virginia Colony began sterilization procedures before the law “for the relief …