The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court’s ruling on strip searches, President Obama’s civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.
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.
The Supreme Court’s decision this week in U.S. v. Jones is the most important privacy development of the Roberts era.
Editor’s note: as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address tonight, the National Constitution Center will host a viewing party and will be live blogging on Constitution Daily. Of all the people who crowd into the Capitol for tonight’s State of the Union address, few will have as much power to influence President […]
More than ever, citizens, pundits, and politicians are turning to the Constitution for answers–and sometimes ammunition, as they try to prove the Constitution is on their side.
It has long appeared to be a basic legal principle that, while public school officials are the masters of their own domain, they generally do not have authority elsewhere — unless they can show that off-campus activity directly implicates the operation of the schools.