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Judge donates SCOTUS items to law school

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An Indiana Court of Appeals judge has found a new home for his extensive collection of United States Supreme Court memorabilia: Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Judge Ezra Friedlander, a 1965 graduate of the law school, has spent years collecting U.S. Supreme Court memorabilia and decided it was time to stop collecting and donate the items. His original goal was to see if he could get the signature of every Supreme Court justice that ever served. He also tried to collect items that had some kind of Indiana connection.

Some of the donated items include a pleading by John Marshall in the case of Blackwell v. Sydon over a defaulted promissory note, dated Nov. 24, 1785; and 74 signatures of the justices who served from 1789 to the present.

Most of the donated items will be on display in the Law Library in Bloomington. The John Marshall pleading is displayed inside the Dean’s Suite in the main law building.

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