Article III of the Constitution identifies the third branch of our separated government, empowering the courts to decide cases and limiting them to the exercise of a certain kind of authority. It establishes the Supreme Court of the United States, and defines the crime of treason, the only crime listed in the Constitution.
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It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama and charged with treason. The subsequent trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.
Adam H. Rosenzweig from the Washington University School of Law proposes a different approach to ending the debt ceiling crisis: Let the Supreme Court resolve it as a Constitutional matter.
Lyle Denniston looks at the question of term limits for Supreme Court Justices, and why it is an issue with many implications.
As the Supreme Court winds ends its historic 2012-2013 term, decisions about same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action grabbed headlines. But there were other big cases the Court decided well before June.