On November 25, 1841, 35 former slaves returned home to West Africa, after a Supreme Court decision, won by former United States President John Quincy Adams, secured their freedom.
A newly fashioned constitutional rule against partisan gerrymandering, emerging Monday in a federal court in Wisconsin, will be tested in the Supreme Court, state officials now plan. The split decision by a three-judge federal trial court struck down a 2011 plan giving Republicans a distinct advantage to elect members of the 99-seat state Assembly.
With time running out on President Obama’s nomination of Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland to be a Supreme Court Justice, a federal trial judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday threw out a New Mexico lawyer’s lawsuit seeking to force a vote in the Senate.
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University explain how new appointments to the Court could change constitutional law.
The Supreme Court’s expressed hope that lawyers on both sides of the controversy over the birth-control mandate in the new federal health care law would come to an agreement is no nearer realization after six months.