A federal trial judge in Oregon said on Monday that a group of teenagers is entitled to a court test of their claim about a constitutional right to a safe environment.
On October 16, 1962, Justice Byron R. White joined the Supreme Court as one of two appointments made by President John F. Kennedy. In 2012, Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote a retrospective about White's Supreme Court career, which he have reprinted here.
The Supreme Court announced on Saturday afternoon that the new Justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh, would promptly take two oaths, so that he “can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately.”
In a matter of hours, a 53-year-old federal judge with a fully developed conservative view of law and the Constitution will become the 114th Justice to serve on the Supreme Court, with the very real prospect that he will cast a pivotal vote in many major cases, maybe for decades to come.
Reopening a deeply divisive controversy that has troubled the Supreme Court for 32 years, four state legislators from North Carolina have urged the Justices to bar all constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering.
Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston, who has written about the Supreme Court since 1958, looks at the current contentious nomination process in the context of the Court's long-term institutional strength.
The Supreme Court will get another chance in its next term to decide the long-unresolved question of whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. In a new order in a North Carolina case, a lower federal court on Wednesday put that case on a fast track to reach the Justices even as their new term opens in early October.
Finding that Texas and other states waited too long to challenge a program to spare hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Texas federal judge on Friday added a new layer of judicial protection for the policy that has been in effect for more than six years but has been under challenge by the Trump Administration for almost a year.
A part of the Constitution – the only part that deals with discrimination based on age – has existed for 47 years, but has mostly been ignored. It is suddenly getting a revival now, as newly energized teenagers with a stronger sense of civic involvement seek easier access to polling places.
An important case due to reach the Supreme Court soon seeks to test the legality of collecting a massive database of recorded TV and radio programming and selling access to it to news outlets, scholars and other researches, government agencies, and the police.