On April 17, 1905, the Supreme Court decided Lochner vs. New York, which involved New York’s regulation of the number of hours a bakery employee could work. As framed by the court, the issue was what test was to be used in assessing legislation which restricted an individual’s right to enter into contract.
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Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.
The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court’s ruling on strip searches, President Obama’s civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.
Officials at Folsom State Prison in California did not violate the First Amendment rights of an inmate when they confiscated a photocopy of the George L. Jackson book Blood in My Eye, a federal judge has ruled.
In the early morning hours of June 3, 1961, in Panama City, Florida, Clarence Earl Gideon was seen coming out of the Bay Harbor Pool Room with a bottle of wine, some cigarettes, and money stuffed in his pocket.