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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.

Clinton v. Jones
Clinton v. Jones

Decided May 27, 1997

520 U.S. 681

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/520/681.html

Decision

Civil lawsuits against the president of the United States in connection with unofficial conduct may proceed even during the president's tenure in office. Deferring such suits until after the president has left office is not required by the Constitution. If persuaded that the president needs immunity from this kind of lawsuit while in office, Congress could pass a law giving the president such protection.

Background

In Nixon v. Fitzgerald (1982) the Supreme Court recognized, with some understatement, that the president occupies a “unique position in the constitutional scheme.” That unique position, as enforcer of the nation's laws and as an official who is never off duty, has prompted the Court at times to give the president some ...

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