It appears that a large percentage of American adults had not been paying attention when the Constitution was taught to them in school. Or perhaps they just never received a civics lesson.
Category: The Courts
On this day in 1988, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s judgment for Reverend Jerry Falwell against publisher Larry Flynt, noting the First Amendment protects publishers’ free speech and press rights from such claims made by public figures regarding materials that are clearly labeled or intended as parodies. The celebrated Court decision pitted two […]
On this day in 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high school student, is fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin had gone with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, and was walking back alone to […]
On this day in 1803, the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803), is decided by the fledgling United States Supreme Court. This ruling forms the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution, and helped define the boundary between the […]