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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.

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow
Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow

Decided June 14, 2004

No. 02-1624

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/000/02-1624.html

Decision

The Pledge of Allegiance, recited by public school students nationwide every day, is a patriotic exercise. A California father who challenged the words “under God” in the pledge as a First Amendment violation does not have standing or authority to sue, because he does not have legal custody over his daughter who recites the pledge in school.

Background

Michael Newdow, an atheist lawyer and physician, says it first dawned on him when he was standing in a grocery store line. He looked at a dollar bill he was about to use and saw the words “In God We Trust” printed on the back. “This is absurd,” Newdow said to himself. ...

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