Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at claims from an Alabama judge that harken back to the 1950s civil rights school desegregation decisions.
He was a war hero who led America out of a recession, won a war and re-election, defined modern election campaigns, and died at an assassin’s hand. So why don’t historians respect William McKinley?
On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated the successful Boston attorney Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Although Brandeis is a mostly revered figure today, his battle to get a seat at the Court was ugly and hard-fought
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at the challenging and complicated decision facing the Supreme Court about lethal injections and the Eighth Amendment.
The Supreme Court’s move to rule on using lethal injections for capital punishment is the latest legal debate in a controversy that goes back to the Founding Fathers. But one Eighth Amendment issue rarely defined by the Court is the general method of executions.