Justice Elena Kagan’s recusal in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case may have been a significant factor in the Court’s deliberations. So why do Justices have to take a break from cases?
On May 20, 1996, the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination.
Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Erika Wood of New York Law School debate whether voting rights should be restored for people with past criminal convictions.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a possible solution to the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo involving long-distance plea bargains.
Did you know that Martin Sheen’s character on The West Wing was named after a Founding Father who played a key role in the Declaration of Independence and passed away on this day in 1795?
On May 18, 1860, former Congressman Abraham Lincoln upset the Republican front runner, William Seward, at the party’s second convention in Chicago, setting in motion the eventual regional split that became the Civil War.
On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the legality of racial segregation in America. Plessy was later overturned, and it holds a controversial place in the Court’s legacy.
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage.
Lyle Denniston looks at the Supreme Court’s decision to return the Obamacare contraception case to the lower courts, with the intent of asking both sides on the issue to find common ground.
On the 62nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that started the end of segregation, one leading academic says conservatives and liberals today are missing a key point about the ruling.