January 29, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
South Carolina Circuit Court judge John Hayes III on Wednesday overturned the 54-year-old convictions of nine African American student-activists jailed during the civil rights movement. Arrested while undertaking a lunch counter sit-in, the "Friendship Nine"—Clarence Graham, Mack Workman, ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US Supreme Court on Friday refused to delay a federal judge's order that would permit same-sex couples to marry in Florida after January 5, despite state officials' pleas for the delay to be upheld. This order is the result of an early December decision by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Seelau of The Project for Indigenous Self Determination discusses Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community... On May 27, 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. The decision was ...[read more]
January 9, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in the combined cases Ryan v. Gonzales and Tibbals v. Carter that there is no right to stay a federal habeas corpus proceeding until an inmate becomes competent. The court held, rather, that the proceeding can continue with only the attorney. ...[read more]
October 15, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On October 15, 1991, the US Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas's nomination to serve as US Supreme Court Justice in place of retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Thomas's confirmation passed 52-48, the narrowest margin of a US Supreme Court confirmation in more than a century. The hearings ...[read more]
July 7, 2011
by Megan McKee
David Meyers, Columbia Law School Class of 2013, worked as a staffer to President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009 and later in the US Senate. He argues that although health care reform may fit within current precedent, the Supreme Court must temper its Commerce Clause jurisprudence to strike down ...[read more]
June 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as the federal government. The case arose over a Chicago ordinance which effectively banned the ...[read more]
March 30, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 30, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Berghuis v. Smith that a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a jury drawn from a fair cross-section of the community was not violated when the African-American representation on the jury was disproportionate to the community population. ...[read more]
February 19, 2010
by Zach Zagger
Lawyers for former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega filed a petition with the US Supreme Court Friday seeking to block his extradition to France. Noriega is relying on the dissenting opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas in the court's January decision to deny certiorari in Noriega's ...[read more]
October 6, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On October 6, 1991, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, turning his nomination hearings into a national spectacle. Thomas was approved by a full Senate vote of 52-48 on October 15. Read an excerpted version of Hill's testimony before the ...[read more]

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