This Day at Law

Sir Thomas More beheaded for treason

On July 6, 1535, former Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More was beheaded in London after being convicted of treason against King Henry VIII. More had not supported the King's policy toward the church or his marriage to Anne Boleyn, had refused to swear to the Act of Succession, and had similarly declined to take the Oath of Supremacy. His last words before execution are said to have been "The King's good servant, but God's first."

Supreme Court upholds death sentence for racially motivated murder

On July 6, 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that death sentence that was given in part for the racial motivation behind a murder in Barclay v. Florida.

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