July 5, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 5, 1935, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) into law. The NLRA is one of the foundational laws for labor and union rights in the US. It established the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the enforcement arm of the act. Republicans ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 11, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy proposed what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a radio and television address to the American people. President Kennedy asked Congress to draft legislation to prohibit discrimination against Americans in public facilities. He also asked ...[read more]
May 27, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On May 27, 1935, the US Supreme Court decided A. L. A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, holding that the National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional. The Court held the Act unconstitutional in part because Congress violated the separation of powers by bestowing the president ...[read more]
April 17, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On April 17, 1905, the US Supreme Court overturned a New York statute that limited the number of hours a baker could work, claiming it violated a freedom to contract inherent in the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case, Lochner v. New York, has been hailed as a controversial ...[read more]
February 19, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The Supreme Court of Mexico on Monday published the written judgment for its December decision striking down Oaxaca's same-sex marriage ban. In its reasoning the Mexican high court compared the Oaxaca law to US legislation held to be unconstitutional in two US Supreme Court cases. First, in the ...[read more]
December 17, 2012
by Sarah Steers
On December 17, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that two California municipal ordinances that sought to ban military recruitment of minors were unconstitutional. The court invalidated the ban because it restricted military recruitment of minors to a greater extent than ...[read more]
November 1, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 1, 2011, the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) released new guidelines that reduced federal minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted on charges related to crack cocaine. These new guidelines reduced the sentences of 12,000 inmates and were intended to address the overcrowded ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 9, 2009, a group of federal judges urged the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) to revise the calculations used to determine federal criminal sentences, calling them complicated and mechanical. A few months earlier, US Attorney General Eric Holder had called for a review of disparities ...[read more]
November 7, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Jackson v. Hobbs, the court will consider whether the imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a 14-year-old child convicted of homicide violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual ...[read more]
November 1, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The US Sentencing Commission (USSC) released new guidelines Tuesday that will reduce the federal minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted on charges related to crack cocaine. They also published a 645-page report assessing the impact of statutory minimum sentences on federal sentencing, ...[read more]

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