As a new year starts, the Chief Justice of the United States and top officials in the federal court system continue to warn about budget cuts that will make it harder for people to have access to public defenders.
In this fourth article of a five-part series, Lyle Denniston looks ahead to the constitutional issues that will unfold in the campaign for same-sex marriage. The final article in the series will deal with election law. Earlier articles covered the war on terrorism, abortion, and health care.
A New Years’ Eve decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor to grant a request from a group of nuns could open the door to a third challenge to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2014.
The First Amendment might be the best known part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that were ratified in 1791. James Madison championed the Bill of Rights in 1789 and the amendment we now know as the First Amendment was actually the third amendment presented to the states for ratification. Since then, the First Amendment has been the subject of many court cases.
Retail marijuana stores are open for business on New Years’ Day in Colorado, the first state that has successfully legalized the controlled sale and use of recreation pot. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the cloud of legal controversy has lifted.
In this third article of a five-part series, Lyle Denniston examines the constitutional issues that still surround the new federal health care law. Later articles will deal with same-sex marriage and elections. Earlier articles dealt with the war on terrorism and with abortion.
The Supreme Court had a busy year in 2013, issuing key rulings on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act, the use of police dogs in searches, and affirmative action.
Marshall Scholar Alexander Fullman looks back at an eventful year for the Supreme Court in 2013, including five decisions involving the Fourth Amendment.
The Supreme Court might take on a potential game-changing case in January that could lead to major TV networks pulling some of their free popular programs from the airwaves.
In this second article of a five-part series, Lyle Denniston surveys the constitutional issues developing on abortion. Later articles will deal with health care, same-sex marriage, and elections. The first article dealt with the war on terrorism.