History Is on Parade in Buffalo's Federal Case Files

By Herbeck, Dan | The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY), January 15, 2012 | Go to article overview

History Is on Parade in Buffalo's Federal Case Files


Herbeck, Dan, The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)


Women's rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony was the defendant in one of the more unusual cases ever to be handled by the federal courts of Western New York.

On Nov. 5, 1872, Anthony was arrested in Rochester after she walked into a voting station, refused to take no for an answer and cast her ballot in a congressional election.

The incident occurred 48 years before America's women won the right to vote, and federal marshals arrested Anthony on a charge of illegal voting.

"[Anthony] did knowingly, wrongfully and unlawfully vote for a candidate" and could not legally do so because she was "a person of the female sex," federal prosecutors charged in a document still on file at federal court.

"Ultimately, Susan Anthony was convicted and fined $100," said Jean Spampata, chief deputy court clerk for the Western District of New York. "But she never paid the fine."

Anthony's was one of tens of thousands cases -- some of them influential and far-reaching -- that passed through the region's federal courts over the past 222 years.

Among the biggest and most publicized cases:

* The Love Canal case. Litigated for almost 20 years, it was perhaps the nation's most famous trial over corporate responsibility for polluting the environment. Occidental Chemical paid $233 million to settle legal issues related to chemical contamination that forced hundreds of families to move out of a Niagara Falls neighborhood in 1978.

* The Attica Prison rebellion case. After a tumultuous trial and numerous settlement efforts, New York state paid $20 million to the families of hostages and prisoners who were injured or killed after authorities fired on them during an infamous 1971 prison uprising.

* The James C. Kopp case. Sentenced to life in prison in 2007, anti-abortion activist Kopp was the first person in the United States convicted of assassinating an abortion provider -- Dr. Barnett A. Slepian of Amherst -- in his own home.

* The Lackawanna Six case. Often heralded by former President George W. Bush as one of the nation's most successful strikes in the war on terrorism, the case involved six men from Lackawanna who were arrested in 2002 and later sent to federal prisons for training with terrorists in Afghanistan.

"It's a very busy court," said Spampata, who has been doing some historical research in connection with the recent opening of Buffalo's new federal court building.

Western New York has had federal court proceedings since the federal court system was established in 1789, but Buffalo didn't have its own federal courthouse until 1936, when the U.S. Courthouse opened at Franklin and Court streets. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

History Is on Parade in Buffalo's Federal Case Files
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.