Today in 1971: U.S. Senate unanimously approves Twenty-Sixth Amendment

Mar 10, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was unanimously approved by the Senate on March 10, 1971 – 45 years ago today.

Today in 1821: SCOTUS rules it has jurisdiction over state criminal cases with federal law questions

Mar 3, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 3, 1821, the Supreme Court rule that it is the nation’s ultimate authority on interpreting federal law, even in state criminal cases.

The leap year and the law

Feb 29, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Every four years is a leap year, a year with an additional day in the month of February. How does this additional day impact the law?

Today in 1986: SCOTUS rules that defendant wasn’t prejudiced by attorney’s refusal to allow perjury

Feb 26, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 26, 1986, the Supreme Court held in Nix v. Whiteside that a defendant wasn’t prejudiced by his attorney’s refusal to allow him to give false testimony at trial.

A look at potential replacements for Justice Scalia

Feb 19, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Justice Scalia’s death continues to dominate headlines, but more in the form of the looming battle over his potential replacement.

Antonin Scalia was one-of-a-kind

Feb 18, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

There’s no question that Antonin Scalia was one-of-a-kind – a rare sort of jurist who broke molds and cracked jokes like no other.

Justice Scalia has died: What happens next?

Feb 15, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this past Saturday has gripped headlines ever since. But what happens next?

Today in 1940: SCOTUS rules that confessions obtained by police coercion are inadmissible

Feb 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 12, 1940, the Supreme Court held in Chambers v. Florida that confessions obtained under duress by police are inadmissible in court.

Why the Supreme Court’s blocking Obama’s climate change regulations is such a big deal

Feb 10, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On Tuesday, the Court took the unprecedented step of staying implementation of Obama’s climate change regulations before the federal appeals court could review it.

Today in 1993: The Family and Medical Leave Act is signed into law

Feb 5, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 5, 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, which allowed eligible employees 12 weeks of unpaid family leave.

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