Three years ago next month, Senate Democrats used the “nuclear option” to kill the filibuster for many Senate motions, but they left the option intact for Supreme Court nominees. Could that change in a matter of months?
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.
Lyle Denniston looks at three Supreme Court cases it accepted right before Justice Scalia’s death – and why they haven’t gotten a court date yet.
On October 23, 1987, the United States Senate held one of the most-controversial votes on a Supreme Court nominee in its history, when it rejected Robert Bork’s appointment.
A war crimes case of a kind that the Supreme Court has not seen in a decade is due to reach the Justices on November 1, and may soon be followed by a second. One or both cases could pose significant challenges to the troubled system of war crimes courts run by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A federal appeals court has delayed the case involving the legality of the Washington, D.C., pro football team’s trademarks on its name, the Redskins. Those trademarks have been ordered canceled under a law that forbids such protection for marks that are “disparaging” to someone.