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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.

Bush v. Gore
Bush v. Gore

Decided December 12, 2000

531 U.S. 98

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/531/98.html

Decision

The Florida recount of ballots in the 2000 presidential election must end. The significant differences between counties in the way in which the recount was being conducted amounted to a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause, and there was no other constitutionally valid way to complete the recount by December 12, which was when Florida needed to submit its vote totals to avoid Electoral College challenges.

Background

In the final weeks before the 2000 election, pollsters and analysts predicted it would be a cliffhanger, too close to call. But no one could foresee just how close it would be—and the constitutional chaos it would produce.

Early on election night, based on what turned out to be flawed ...

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