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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.

10 birthday facts about President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft

September 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history.

Partisan gerrymandering on fast track to Supreme Court

September 13, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will get another chance in its next term to decide the long-unresolved question of whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution.  In a new order in a North Carolina case, a lower federal court on Wednesday put that case on a fast track to reach the Justices even as their new term opens in early October.

What happens next in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

September 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to end its public hearings about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. So what comes next in the process?

Aaron Burr’s trial and the Constitution’s treason clause

September 1, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges. The trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” in its time and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.

Thurgood Marshall’s unique Supreme Court legacy

August 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Marshall was no stranger to the Senate or the Supreme Court at the time.

Big test case coming on digital copyright

August 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An important case due to reach the Supreme Court soon seeks to test the legality of collecting a massive database of recorded TV and radio programming and selling access to it to news outlets, scholars and other researches, government agencies, and the police. 

Looking ahead: Cases for the Supreme Court’s next term

August 20, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Coming up in October, the Supreme Court starts a new term and hears new cases. Here’s a quick look at three cases the Justices will consider during their first week of arguments.

Another border shooting case could be heading to Supreme Court

August 13, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A Ninth Circuit appeals court ruling may bring a question back to the Supreme Court about the ability to sue border agents at the United States-Mexico border for fatal shootings.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2018 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 four decades later

August 8, 2018 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?

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