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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.

Ten Commandments Cases
Ten commandments cases

Van Orden v. Perry Decided June 27, 2005

No. 03-1500

http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/03-1500.html

McCreary County, Kentucky v. American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky Decided June 27, 2005

No. 03-1693

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/000/03-1693.html

Decision

Displaying the Ten Commandments on public property is permissible under the establishment clause of the First Amendment, depending on the context of the display. A Ten Commandments monument that stands amid other historical displays and has not been challenged for a long period of time is allowed. But when a government body mounts a Ten Commandments display with the clear purpose of advancing religion, it is not permitted, even when the display is later modified to include nonreligious documents.

Background

The Ten Commandments express the fundamental doctrines of both Christianity and Judaism. They include basic rules for living, including “Thou ...

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