Abigail Perkiss from Kean University looks at Sandra Day O’Connor’s time as a Justice on the 10th anniversary of her retirement announcement from the Supreme Court.
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.
This week, the Supreme Court laid the groundwork to hear three controversial cases next term. Each case has the potential to upend constitutional law.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains how Monday’s Supreme Court ruling about gerrymandering has pointed the way for other states to take up the cause of challenging bitter and divisive partisanship.
After a week of historic drama, the Supreme Court concluded its term on Monday with decisions about election districts, the environment and the death penalty.
The Supreme Court has ended its current term, as of June 29, 2015. Here is your quick guide to the major cases decided this term.