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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 fascinating facts about Watergate

August 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2019 By NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon on July 20, 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

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.

A look back at Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s court legacy

July 1, 2019 By Amy E. Feldman

It was 14 years ago today that Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

On this day, a divided Supreme Court rules on the Second Amendment

June 28, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 28, 2010, a deeply divided Supreme Court upholds gun-ownership rights within homes on a national basis, expanding on a 2008 decision applying to the District of Columbia.

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.

On this day: Supreme Court rejects anti-interracial marriage laws

June 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriages as unconstitutional. Here is a brief recap of this landmark civil rights case.

Examining the legacy of Chief Justice Warren Burger

June 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 9, 1969, a near unanimous Senate confirmed federal judge Warren Burger as Chief Justice of the United States, starting a 17-year tenure marked by landmark Court decisions.

Lincoln and Taney’s great writ showdown

May 28, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.

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