27 Facts About US Supreme Court

1. In 1935, the current US Supreme Court Building was constructed in a Corinthian architectural style to match the nearby congressional buildings.

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2. The US Supreme Court ignores the more general implications of its reasoning.

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3. The District US Supreme Court held that the Tennessee statute is constitutional and that Hymon's actions as authorized by that statute did not violate Garner's constitutional rights.

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4. The District US Supreme Court stated in passing that "[t]he facts of this case did not indicate to Officer Hymon that Garner was 'nondangerous.

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5. The District US Supreme Court concluded that Monell did not affect its decision.

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6. The District US Supreme Court held that the statute and the officer's actions were constitutional.

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7. In 1931, a narrowly divided US Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding state regulation of commissions paid to fire insurance agents, in language indicating considerable deference to legislative judgment.

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8. The US Supreme Court held that the price regulation provisions were inseparable from the labor provisions, and thus must fall with them.

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9. The US Supreme Court ruled that people of African descent, whether slaves or not, could never be citizens of the United States.

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10. The US Supreme Court hears direct appeals of cases involving federal reapportionment, disputes between states, and a few other issues.

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11. The US Supreme Court uses a writ of certiorari, which is a legal pleading that requests the Court to hear the case.

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12. The US Supreme Court was given power to issue various kinds of orders, or writs, to enforce its decisions.

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13. The US Supreme Court can take official action with as few as six members joining in deliberation.

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14. In 2003, the US Supreme Court issued two decisions on the issue of affirmative action, and universities hoped that the issue would finally be resolved.

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15. The US Supreme Court issued a number of decisions striking down social and economic legislation on the grounds that it violated constitutional notions of federalism and individual liberty.

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16. The US Supreme Court was unable to help Marbury, but it achieved its result by declaring an act of Congress unconstitutional and void.

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17. The US Supreme Court is far more likely to accept a case to correct a perceived error on the part of the lower courts.

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18. The US Supreme Court has complete discretion over whether to grant the petition and hear the case or not.

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19. The US Supreme Court began what is called "the new federalism" by curtailing Congress' power to prohibit the possession of weapons near schools.

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20. The Marshall US Supreme Court was instrumental in increasing the power of the national government over the states.

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21. The US Supreme Court lacks the ability to implement its decisions of its own accord, having to rely upon the executive branch to carry out its will.

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22. The US Supreme Court ordered the case remanded for a determination on the liability of the other defendants.

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23. The US Supreme Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States.

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24. The Marshall US Supreme Court was in session for 34 years, from 1801 until 1835.

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25. All of the members of the Roberts US Supreme Court have accepted travel or gifts.

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26. The earliest sessions of the US Supreme Court were devoted to organizational proceedings, as the first cases did not reach it until 1791.

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27. The US Supreme Court has the power of judicial review, the ability to invalidate a statute for violating a provision of the Constitution or an executive act for being unlawful.

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