Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Michael Dorf of Cornell Law School explore the biggest cases and trends at the Supreme Court this year.
On June 30, 1921, President Warren Harding announced that former President William Howard Taft would become the new Chief Justice of the United States. To this day, Taft remains as the only person to hold the top position in the executive and judicial branches.
On June 30, 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a public statement congratulating Ohio as the 38th state to approve the 26th Amendment, in record time. But history has another state and date as the official ratifier of the constitutional rights of 18 year olds to vote.
On June 29, 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the Bush administration’s use of military commissions to try suspected terrorists was illegal.
Thanks to an unintended outcome from a 1961 constitutional change, it is possible for the 2016 presidential election to end in a tie vote, and there are at least three scenarios where that is a possibility.