Today in 1925: SCOTUS begins to use substantive due process to establish fundamental rights

Jun 1, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 1, 1925, the Supreme Court ruled in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, invalidating an Oregon law against private schools, and first establishing fundamental rights through substantive due process.

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.

How will the overturning of Prop 8 affect future law?

Feb 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned California’s 2008 ballot initiative Proposition 8. How will that decision affect other laws nationwide?

“Sister Wives” family sues over constitutionality of anti-polygamy law

Jul 19, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” are suing in federal court to invalidate a Utah law that makes polygamy a felony.

Today in 1996: Romer v. Evans is decided

May 20, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Romer v. Evans, a case significant for several reasons. To constitutional law buffs, the