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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Plyler v. Doe
Plyler v. Doe

Decided June 15, 1982

457 U.S. 202

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/457/202.html

Decision

States may not refuse to pay for the education of illegal aliens and may not prevent their enrollment in public schools. A Texas law that sought to deny education to illegal aliens violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits states from denying equal treatment to “any person within its jurisdiction.”

Background

The number of foreigners entering the United States illegally and staying despite their illegal status continues to grow. In the early 1980s the federal government estimated that between 3 million and 6 million illegal aliens were residing in the United States; others put the number at two or three times that figure. The growing alien population put a strain on local government services ...

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