Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, looks at an argument supported by Rand Paul in a proposed Senate bill that seeks to use the 14th Amendment as a way to end abortion without enacting a constitutional amendment.
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.
In a private conference on Monday, the Supreme Court started considerations about two big cases for the sports world: the struggle between former college basketball star Ed O’Bannon and the NCAA, and the Washington Redskins’ trademark dispute.
It was 227 years ago today that Congress signed the law that created the framework for the Supreme Court, and a look back at the first court shows personal drama that included a justice dodging creditors, a failed suicide attempt, and a chief justice who was America’s most hated man, for a time.
It was back on this day in 1789 that Congress passed the act that officially created the federal judiciary system that included the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Unable to attract a single judge’s sympathy in a federal appeals court, the Obama administration now faces a choice of trying once more to persuade the Supreme Court to salvage Amtrak’s role in managing how the nation’s trains use the tracks.