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On this day, a win for ‘stop and frisk’

June 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 10, 1968, the Court ruled that a police officer may stop and search a citizen on the street if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that the citizen is armed or involved in a crime.

On this day: James Madison introduces the Bill of Rights

June 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 8, 1789, James Madison addressed the House of Representatives and introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the Constitution. More than three months later, Congress would finally agree on a final list to present to the states.

Katz v. United States: The Fourth Amendment adapts to new technology

December 18, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

On December 18, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Katz v. United States, expanding the Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” to cover electronic wiretaps.

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!

December 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791). Here’s what you need to know!

Five items Congress deleted from Madison’s original Bill of Rights

December 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed nearly 20 amendments as a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know about. So what did Congress delete from the final list that was ratified by the states?

Eight basic facts about the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Here are eight key facts about this enduring testament to liberty and freedom!

On this day, the Constitution’s other George is born

December 11, 2018 By NCC Staff

During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, two Georges commanded much attention at Philadelphia: George Washington and his Virginia neighbor, George Mason. In the end, Mason refused to sign the new Constitution, an act that led in part to the Bill of Rights becoming a reality.

On this day, Congress proposes the Bill of Rights to the states

September 25, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress made a highly-anticipated move in arguably the most important congressional session in history, when it agreed on a list of constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights.

Five “unusual” amendments that never made it into the Constitution

February 23, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

If some folks had their way, a three-person tribunal, and not the President, would provide leadership of the “United States of Earth,” in a nation where divorce is illegal.

Remembering the day Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.

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