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Judge extends 3-D gun blueprint ban until case is resolved

August 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

A federal judge in Seattle has issued a preliminary national injunction blocking a website from offering 3-D-printer gun blueprints until the case is resolved in court.

Looking back: One of the ugliest protests in White House history

August 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of an unusual event in White House history when President John Tyler's veto of a banking bill led to violence at the president's mansion.

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2018 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.

Looking back: George Carlin and the Supreme Court

July 3, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On July 3, 1978, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in the George Carlin “seven dirty words” case, a decision that still holds sway over the use of indecent and obscene language on television, and in a new era of mass communications.

Has the First Amendment been “weaponized”?

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court ended its latest term in mid-morning Wednesday after having set for itself and lower courts a daunting constitutional task for the future: clarifying when someone’s First Amendment rights can be used to thwart government policies or programs.

When the Supreme Court ruled to allow American flag burning

June 21, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

The partisan gerrymander dispute goes on

June 18, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court, showing once again its reluctance to take a bold step to put some limits on the decades-long practice of “partisan gerrymandering,” voted on Monday to keep the courthouse doors open to challenging the practice and edged a bit closer to a definition of the constitutional harm it may cause.

Florida man gets second victory at the Supreme Court

June 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fane Lozman, a Florida man at the center of a local political dispute, who had already won at the Court in a high-profile 2013 case.

Supreme Court’s mixed decision on the polling place clothing case

June 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Last week, a divided Supreme Court said a Minnesota law barring political clothing within polling places is unconstitutional, but it left a door open that could result in specific apparel bans at the polls.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

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