Today in 1816: SCOTUS rules that it has the final say on federal law questions

Mar 20, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 20, 1816, the Supreme Court ruled in Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee that it has the final authority to decide questions of federal law, even over state courts.

Today in 1849: SCOTUS resolves border dispute between Missouri and Iowa, averting armed conflict

Mar 13, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 13, 1849, the Supreme Court resolved the border dispute between the states of Missouri and Iowa, who had previously assembled their respective militias at the border because of rising tensions on the issue.

Today in 1857: Dred Scott v. Sandford is decided

Mar 6, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott v. Sandford, ruling that persons of African descent could not be U.S. citizens.

Today in 1922: Supreme Court upholds the Nineteenth Amendment against states’ rights challenges

Feb 27, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 27, 1922, the Supreme Court upheld the Nineteenth Amendment against states’ rights challenges in Leser v. Garnett.

Today in 2007: SCOTUS vacates $79.5 million punitive damages award against Philip Morris

Feb 20, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 20, 2007, the Supreme Court decided Philip Morris USA v. Williams, which found a strange ideological breakdown between the justices.

Today in 1925: The “Judges’ Bill” limits the Supreme Court’s mandatory jurisdiction

Feb 13, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 13, 1925, Congress approved the “Judges’ Bill,” which greatly reduced the types of mandatory appeals for the Supreme Court.

Today in 1778: The U.S. enters a formal alliance with France

Feb 6, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 6, 1778, the U.S. entered a formal alliance with France, marking a turning point in the Revolutionary War in America’s favor.

Today in 1989: The Supreme Court condones warrantless police surveillance by air

Jan 23, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 23, 1989, the Supreme Court held in Florida v. Riley that law enforcement does not need to obtain a warrant to search property by the air.

Today in 1996: The Supreme Court rules that copying software menus isn’t copyright infringement

Jan 16, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 16, 1996, the Supreme Court affirmed the First Circuit’s ruling in Lotus Development Corporation v. Borland International, Inc, finding that menu commands can’t be copyrighted.

Today in 2001: The Supreme Court limits the reach of the Clean Waters Act

Jan 9, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 9, 2001, the Supreme Court ruled on Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, limiting the scope of the Clean Water Act’s reach.

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