Today in 1986: SCOTUS upholds aerial surveillance by police

May 19, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Thanks to California v. Ciraolo, the question of whether surveillance by police UAVs is constitutional has already been answered – and in the affirmative.

Today in 1980: SCOTUS rules on definition of “interrogation” in Miranda context

May 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 12, 1980, the Supreme Court decided Rhode Island v. Innis, in which the Court addressed the question of what exactly constitutes police interrogation for the purposes of the Miranda warning.

Today in 2009: Arizona v. Gant is decided

Apr 21, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seven years ago today, Justice Scalia stood apart from his conservative peers yet again on Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues in Arizona v. Gant.

Today in 1873: The Slaughter-House Cases are decided

Apr 14, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 14, 1873, the Supreme Court decided the Slaughter-House Cases, effectively nullifying the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause.

Today in 2003: The Supreme Court finds cross-burning to be constitutionally-protected “speech”

Apr 7, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Virginia v. Black, decided 13 years ago today, on April 7, 2003, held that cross-burning, without an intent to intimidate, is constitutionally-protected speech under the First Amendment.

Today in 1918: The U.S. first legally observes Daylight Savings Time

Mar 31, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 31, 1918, the U.S. legally observed its first nationwide Daylight Savings Time, marking the beginning of a tumultuous history.

Today in 1966: SCOTUS strikes down poll taxes

Mar 24, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Fifty years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections that poll taxes are unconstitutional.

Today in 1988: Apple sues Microsoft for copyright infringement

Mar 17, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 17, 1988, Apple sued Microsoft for copyright infringement, claiming the latter’s Windows 2.0 operating system copied design elements from Apple’s Macintosh OS.

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.

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.

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