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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.

Major test of war crimes courts reaches Justices

March 24, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Spelling out the grim details of years of extreme torture, a high-profile detainee at Guantanamo Bay is asking the Supreme Court to block his war crimes trial until he can contest its legality in a civilian court – a challenge based heavily on the impact on his physical and mental health of his treatment in custody.

Where does the Gorsuch nomination process go next?

March 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

After four days of hearings, the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch is set to move through the Senate in the next few weeks. There are two big questions that will be addressed in very short order.

Gorsuch testimony concluding amid ironic Supreme Court decision

March 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the same day Neil Gorsuch started to end his Senate testimony, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that overruled a case based in part on a 2008 ruling made by Gorsuch.

Disabled students’ education rights upgraded by Supreme Court

March 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Students with disabilities have a legal right to educational support at school that will enable each one to make measurable progress, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday.  It is not enough that progress is simply more than a bare minimum, the court said in an opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Gorsuch mentions Constitution Center during testimony

March 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

During an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spoke about the importance of the Founders and the environment in which they wrote the Constitution in Philadelphia as keys to understanding that document’s enduring strength.

Gorsuch grilled, praised on second day of hearings

March 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch faced a Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday looking for answers about his thoughts on landmark court cases, his own rulings, and the limits of constitutional powers.

Constitution Center CEO gets mention during Gorsuch’s hearing

March 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

Among Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley’s remarks on Tuesday morning at Neil Gorsuch’s nomination hearing was a brief mention of National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

Supreme Court confirmation hearings start amid DC drama

March 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Senate Judiciary committee hearings started on Monday for Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch, albeit under unusual circumstances.

Why odds are good that Gorsuch will get a confirmation vote

March 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Federal judge Neil Gorsuch starts his testimony in the Senate today and he will face tough questioning on many issues. So why do many experts believe Gorsuch will get a confirmation vote, with a likely approval

On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

March 18, 2017 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.

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