Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how state governments may feel more emboldened to sue the federal government over policy disagreements after Thursday’s immigration decision.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
With just three cases left to be decided in the Supreme Court’s current term, it’s time to review the major decisions from the Justices in the past few months.
The United States Supreme Court finally ruled on major cases about affirmative action and immigration on Thursday, as it released four decisions and a per curium opinion.
On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Utah v. Strieff, involving the intricacies of the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure doctrine, and the accompanying exclusionary rule.
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court refused two appeals from Connecticut and New York that asked for assault-weapons ban laws in those states to be reconsidered.