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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.

Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton
Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton

Decided June 26, 1995

515 U.S. 646

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/515/646.html

Decision

A public school system may require random drug testing for its student athletes. Urine testing is a “search” under the Fourth Amendment, which requires that government searches be reasonable. The random testing of student athletes is reasonable because of the high risk of physical harm to players from drug use and because athletes do not expect privacy in locker rooms. The testing is also justified by the importance of discouraging drug use among children.

Background

For years school systems nationwide have struggled to combat the problem of drug use by students. Education about the dangers of drugs and greater police presence within schools have not completely solved the problem, and some school ...

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