On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.
The legal press is up in arms over a factual mistake made by Justice Antonin Scalia in a Supreme Court decision this week. But Scalia isn’t alone among justices who’ve been corrected by academics and even a few bloggers.
Perhaps the most-interesting case heard this week in the Supreme Court affects the most Americans: Can police search your cellphone without obtaining a warrant, if you are arrested?
Lyle Denniston says this week’s botched execution in Oklahoma raises some constitutional issues, but the Supreme Court has long been reluctant to second-guess the choices that states have made.
May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer sits down with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss, among other things, the perception that the high court plays political favorites.
It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the Unites States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.
P.J. O’Rourke and the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro explain the logic behind their viral Supreme Court brief, and why the Colbert doctrine of “truthiness” should win the day in front of the Justices.
The United States Navy actually has two birthdays—one in October, and one today. So what is the difference between the two days and why is it constitutionally important?
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens makes a rare live appearance at the National Constitution Center to discuss six new amendments he would like added to the Constitution.