Since our last Supreme Court Scorecard, the Court’s dynamics were greatly changed by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Here is a look at where this term’s major cases stand.
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.
Today marks the anniversary of an important Supreme Court case that helped to end the Hollywood studio system and fuel a young television industry in the late 1940s.
A special panel at the National Constitution Center reflects on Justice Antonin Scalia’s constitutional impact, with three former Scalia law clerks in the select group.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the dispute over Amtrak’s role in writing railroad track rules, and why the case seems destined for the Supreme Court.
The upcoming Republican state convention in Texas may consider the topic of the state’s secession from the United States. Here’s a look at what practical and constitutional barriers would prevent that.