The Supreme Court is currently on a summer hiatus, but the nine Justices will be back in business on the first Monday in October. Here’s a quick look at the cases accepted for the 2015 term so far.
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, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how Donald Trump’s proposal to deport illegal immigrants could pose conflicts with the 14th amendment’s traditional interpretations.
On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.
Most people aren’t big fans of a national income tax, but it was on this day back in 1861 that the first one was levied by the new President, Abraham Lincoln.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, examines a case that has just arrived at the Supreme Court about police access to cellphone location data stored on cellphone towers.