Commentator Bill Kristol recently proposed that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito enter the Republican presidential race. While that may be the longest of long shots, it does raise some interesting historical points about the Justices as political candidates.
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 this excerpt from the new book, “Sisters In Law,” author Linda Hirshman looks at the legacies of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court bench.
It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges. The trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” in its time and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.
In the legal dispute between the Justice Department and Senator Robert Menendez over his conduct in office, a key constitutional issue is in play: the right of Congress members to be immune from some criminal charges during the performance of their official duties.
The Supreme Court is currently on a summer hiatus, but the nine Justices will be back in business on the first Monday in October. Here’s a quick look at the cases accepted for the 2015 term so far.