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Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court Decisions
Roe V. Wade - Women's Right to Choose
Roe V. Wade was a Supreme Court decision upholding a woman's right to choose and maintain control over her body. It is one of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history.

Oct 18, 2011, 6:50pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, 1831
In 1831 the US Supreme Court issued a decision that defined Native Americans as "domestic dependant nations" instead of foreign nations. This redesignation allowed states, such as Georgia, to disenfranchise Native American tribes of their lands.
Mar 26, 2006, 11:52pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824
This Supreme Court decision forbade states from enacting any legislation that would interfere with Congress's right to regulate commerce among the separate states.

Mar 26, 2006, 9:36pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Winters v. People of the State of New York, 1908
Winters v. People of the State of New York has become the foundation of all Indian water law. Also known as the "Winters Doctrine", this finding by the Supreme Court allowed that an Indian reservation may reserve water in an amount necessary to fulfill their purpose....

Mar 26, 2006, 9:23pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Marbury v. Madison, 1803
Just as George Washington helped shape the actual form that the executive branch would take, so the third chief justice, John Marshall, shaped the role that the courts would play.

Mar 26, 2006, 8:53pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Plessy v. Ferguson
On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled separate-but-equal facilities constitutional on intrastate railroads. For fifty years, the Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the principle of racial segregation. Across the country, laws mandated separate accommodations on buses and trains, and in hotels, theaters, and schools.

Mar 26, 2006, 8:29pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Elk Grove v. Michael A. Newdow, 2004
US Pledge of Allegiance

The Supreme Court has decided to preserve a reference to God in a patriotic oath known as the Pledge of Allegiance. For now, the Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic oath recited by millions of school children every day, will remain intact.

Mar 26, 2006, 7:32pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Brown v. Board of Education
On May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. State-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th Amendment and was therefore unconstitutional.
Mar 26, 2006, 7:23pm

Supreme Court Decisions
Dred Scott v. Sanford
Dred Scott's case holds a unique place in American constitutional history as an example of the Supreme Court trying to impose a judicial solution on a political problem.

Mar 26, 2006, 2:13pm


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