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On Monday, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson blocked efforts to enforce a voter ID law in the upcoming election. In the spirit of the ruling, here are some facts about historical court cases that were overturned on appeal:

4: Number of rulings made in the Dred Scott case.

3: Age of Norma McCorvey’s (the woman who became “Jane Roe”) child at the time the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in her favor, legalizing abortion.

7–2: The breakdown of U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, in which it decided that students were entitled to Constitutional rights of free expression on school grounds.

1954: The year that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9–0 in favor of the plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education.

Sources: digital.wustl.edu, people.com, law.cornell.edu, and crmvet.org