The Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a dispute over a Mexican family’s ability to sue a U.S. Border Patrol officer who killed their son in a cross-border incident. Both governments filed briefs in the case, on opposite sides of the dispute.
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.
On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.
On Friday, the Supreme Court finally set an argument date for a major religious liberty case that’s been in limbo since Antonin Scalia’s passing. That could lead some court watchers to speculate the Court expects – or doesn’t expect – Neil Gorsuch on the bench by April 19.
Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley has announced that Supreme Court nomination hearings in the Senate for Neil Gorsuch will start on Monday, March 20 and last three or four days.
Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his well-written Supreme Court opinions and his obscure word choices. Here’s a look at the some Scaliaisms, which may also come in handy if you’re stuck in a word-playing game.