November 19, 2014
by Brittany Felder
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday requested an emergency stay postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief Justice Roberts issue a ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Michael Roberts
According to many experts, such as those that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, climate change as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most pressing and controversial environmental issues facing the international community today. In recent decades, many nations ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Executive orders, like other rules issued by the federal government, are subject to judicial review. A significant example of the Supreme Court striking down a president's executive order came about in 1952. In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the court held struck down Executive Order ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers must obtain a warrant before searching a person's cell phone data, even at the time of arrest. In Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the court considered the question of whether a search of cell phone data without a warrant ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The Supreme Court first addressed affirmative action in the 1978 case of Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, which concerned the University of California Davis Medical School's use of quota systems for admissions. The Supreme Court held that the quota system, which allocated a ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The rise of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter has allowed users worldwide to share original content with others instantaneously. While often criticized as celebrations of the mundane, a major function of social media services is to serve as forums for public discussion. By ...[read more]

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