The Supreme Court on Friday afternoon stepped into the nationwide controversy over the rights of transgender people – in particular, high school students – but gave itself the option of ruling very narrowly.
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.
The current controversy over Merrick Garland’s nomination has nothing on the worst Supreme Court delay of all time during John Tyler’s rocky presidential term.
Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, looks at a legal challenge at the Supreme Court about a 1990s law that determines how copyright-protected music is used on YouTube and other Internet websites.
Three years ago next month, Senate Democrats used the “nuclear option” to kill the filibuster for many Senate motions, but they left the option intact for Supreme Court nominees. Could that change in a matter of months?
Lyle Denniston looks at three Supreme Court cases it accepted right before Justice Scalia’s death – and why they haven’t gotten a court date yet.