Mar 27

The Court tees up the health mandate

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


Amid sure signs that the Supreme Court Justices are deeply interested in the constitutionality of the new health care law’s key sections, and definite signs that they have been studying up for the task, they moved on Monday to get beyond the preliminaries and get set for Tuesday’s crucial two-hour hearing.

Feb 23

Constitution Check: Is affirmative action in college admissions doomed?

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago.


In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights it protects. Today’s topic: the future of college admissions policies based on race. The statement at issue: “I think it’s ominous. It… [Continue Reading]

Jan 17

Constitution Check: Do civil rights laws protect church employees?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.


While lower courts for years have often recognized a “ministerial exception” to federal, state and local laws against discrimination in the workplace, the Supreme Court itself had never done so. Although bold in some ways, the decision was, in fact, quite cautious.

Nov 9

Constitution Check: Can a state outlaw abortion?

Posted 2 years, 5 months ago.


The sponsors of the “Personhood Amendment” were betting on a change in the composition of the Supreme Court.

Sep 29

What to look for in the new Supreme Court term

Posted 2 years, 6 months ago.


The Court probably will be faced with major constitutional questions closely related to some of the 2012 election campaign’s main issues.