Each year, Supreme Court justices spend their summer making public and private speaking appearances. And each season, a few notable quotes make it out in the press that show what the jurists are thinking.
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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.
A split federal appeals court has ruled against the state of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages, in another milestone ruling that could drive the issue to the Supreme Court.
Leading experts Michael Cannon and Nicholas Bagley join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the two latest Obamacare cases, which could be accepted by the Supreme Court in another test of the health-care law.
In May 2014, National Constitution Center constitutional literacy adviser Lyle Denniston looked at the Supreme Court’s history with rulings about how states conduct executions of prisoners. In light of Wednesday’s botched execution in Arizona, we are re-publishing Lyle’s Constitution Check analysis.
It was 40 years ago today that the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow to President Richard Nixon’s presidency, in a decision that led to the release of the Watergate tapes.