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  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864. American jurist who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1836-1864). In the Dred Scott decision (1857) he ruled that slaves and their descendants had no rights as citizens.

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  • n. United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court; remembered for his ruling that slaves and their descendants have no rights as citizens (1777-1864)

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  • TANEY COUNTY -- The trial is set to begin Monday for a Taney county man accused in the drunk driving death of Hollister's park director.

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  • Today, Taney is generally rated as a poor chief justice, not because he was a Catholic, but because of his overreaching and racist decision in DredScott.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Catholics and Jews?

  • Myron Taney is a bright young man who wasn't sure what he wanted to do when he grew up.

    REVIEW: Ports of Call by Jack Vance

  • Taney is Dred Scott argued that the Constitution didn't allow the US to possess long-term colonies; the dissenters in the 1901 Insular Cases embraced this aspect of Dred Scott to protest the acquiescence by the majority in an "imperial vision" of the US that allowed us to become just like Great Britain, France, Germany, and other expansionist powers with their subordinate colonies.

    Balkinization

  • Chief Justice Roger Taney is remembered primarily for the infamous Dred Scott decision, but he nonetheless ranked as a progressive and a strong advocate of state-sponsored economic development.

    Getting States' Rights Right

  • Nancy Kress takes us to a near-future, post-war Amercia in "Safeguard," where a geneticist named Taney is caring for four inexperienced children in a government biodome.

    REVIEW: 2007 Nebula Award Short Fiction Nominees

  • I believe the word Taney and Graber are seeking leaps out at you from the first three words of the Constitution: “We the People.”

    Balkinization

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Taney was the shop that brought the Arizona back to war because of the parts they kept on their mast.

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2009

  • "Now, Taney, which is it to be, paperhanging or --," and James Harrison pointed to the button.

    Banzai! by Parabellum

  • In New York the people made a hero of him, giving him swords and dinners, and securing for him the command of the schooner "Taney," in which he made

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 2 (of 2)

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