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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.

Gibbons v. Ogden
Gibbons v. Ogden

Decided March 2, 1824

22 U.S. 1

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/22/1.html

Decision

Congress has broad powers under Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which says, “Congress shall have power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.” The Court interpreted this grant to cover all conceivable forms of commerce, including navigation, except if the commerce takes place entirely within a state. Moreover, the power to regulate interstate commerce is exclusive—not to be shared with any state.

Background

The need to regulate commerce on a national basis was one of the main reasons for creation of the Constitution. Trade barriers between states had been a major obstacle to the development of a strong national economy. But it was not until more ...

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