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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.

United States v. The Schooner Amistad
United States v. The Schooner Amistad

Decided March 9, 1841

40 U.S. 518

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/40/518.html

Decision

The Africans who took over the Spanish schooner Amistad were kidnap victims and not the property of their captors. A 1795 treaty with Spain that required the return of property taken on the high seas did not apply to illegally obtained slaves, even if they had taken over the ship.

Background

This case decided the fate of fifty-three Africans who, along with a much larger group, had been captured in Sierra Leone and taken to Havana, Cuba, for the slave trade. Spanish planters bought the fifty-three and put them on the Amistad, which was destined for coastal estates elsewhere in Cuba. In stormy seas the captives took over the ship and ...

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