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Ramos v. Louisiana: Does the 14th Amendment Require Unanimous Jury Verdicts?

October 9, 2019 by Robert Black

When we think about trial by jury in criminal cases, we all probably envision a 12-member jury that must reach a unanimous verdict to convict. But under a pair of Supreme Court cases from half a century ago, that is not actually a constitutional requirement.

Kahler v. Kansas: Can States Abolish the Insanity Defense?

October 8, 2019 by Robert Black

On Monday, the first day of the new Supreme Court term, the Court heard argument in Kahler v. Kansas, a case that could generate an entirely new line of constitutional jurisprudence. The case revolves around the “insanity defense,” an ancient doctrine under which people who committed crimes because of their severe mental illness would not be held legally culpable.

Supreme Court hears two major cases today on Title VII and discrimination

October 8, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two major cases about Title VII and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Where is the Supreme Court going on abortion?

October 5, 2019 by Lyle Denniston

Returning to an abortion rights issue that it had decided earlier but with a bench that is now changed, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear new appeals on states’ power to limit the activities of doctors who terminate women’s pregnancies.

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

September 12, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.

10 fascinating facts about the “I Have A Dream” speech

August 28, 2019 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington. So how much do you know about the speech and the events that led up to it?

A high-profile legal victory on transgender rights

August 12, 2019 by Lyle Denniston

The nation’s best-known transgender student, Gavin Grimm, has won his discrimination case against his old high school – for the second time. The new victory came on Friday, four years after he first filed his lawsuit, three years after his first court victory, more than two years after the Supreme Court opted not to decide the case, and two years after his high school graduation.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2019 by Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

10 Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2019 by NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the 14th Amendment's ratification, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

When the Supreme Court first ruled on affirmative action

June 26, 2019 by NCC Staff

On June 26, 1978, the Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, laying the groundwork for educational standards that still exist today.

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