Today in 1964: SCOTUS rules against closing schools to stop integration

May 25, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 25, 1964, the Supreme Court ruled on Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, holding that a county may not close all public schools to stop school integration.

Today in 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson upholds “separate but equal”

May 18, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson, upholding the constitutionality of segregation laws with the rationale that facilities must be “separate but equal.”

Today in 1810: SCOTUS first strikes down a state law as unconstitutional

Mar 16, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

In ruling in 1810’s Fletcher v. Peck, the Supreme Court first declared a state law as unconstitutional, a practice that has led to some very famous cases.

Today in 1803: Marbury v. Madison establishes “judicial review”

Feb 24, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 24, 1803, Marbury v. Madison was decided, holding that the judiciary has the power to “decide what the law is.”