Today is the anniversary of one of the most important decisions in Supreme Court history that affected the civil rights movement and the free speech powers of the press: the case of the New York Times v. Sullivan.
The son of one of America’s founders won a huge victory in the Supreme Court on this day in 1841, when former President John Quincy Adams helped convince a southern-dominated court to release 35 enslaved people in the Amistad case.
In this commentary, Bruce Miroff of the University at Albany, SUNY, says the arc of the Democratic Party bends toward liberalism.
Over the next two weeks, a very largest block of votes will be up for grabs in the Republican and Democratic primaries. After this “Super Fortnight,” the majority of elected delegates will be selected for both parties, with a bigger effect on the Republicans.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the legal fight between Apple and the federal government over unlocking an iPhone has major implications for privacy and law enforcement.
On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police fought near a bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a moment that shocked a nation and helped lead to the Voting Rights Act. Today, the images are still shocking and the debate over voting rights remains unsettled.
In this commentary, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the upcoming Supreme Court case on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Obamacare, and how the drafting language in RFRA complicates the Court’s job.
On March 6, 1819, the Supreme Court ruled in McCulloch v. Maryland, holding that Congress has the power to establish a national bank.
On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency four years later.
The Supreme Court has released its April calendar for arguments, and the big case about President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order policy is set for Monday, April 18.