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A royal and constitutional citizenship question

May 17, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange wedding vows at Windsor Castle. So what happens to the American citizenship status of newest member of Britain’s royal family?

Brown v. Board: When the Supreme Court ruled against segregation

May 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

The decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka on May 17, 1954 is perhaps the most famous of all Supreme Court cases, as it started the process ending segregation. It overturned the equally far-reaching decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

Constitutional milestone on transgender rights

April 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time in any court, a federal judge in Seattle has ruled that transgender people are entitled to the fullest protection of the Constitution against discrimination.

On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

March 18, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.

Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.

On the day, the Missouri Compromise is approved

March 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.

On this day, women first allowed to argue Supreme Court cases

February 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a new law that would admit women as members of the Supreme Court bar and allow them to submit and argue cases at the high court.

On This Day: The Roe v. Wade decision

January 22, 2018 By NCC Staff

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that continues to divide the nation to this day.

On this day, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation changes history

January 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote

November 3, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid taxes didn’t have the right to vote in elections.

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