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.

Detainee Cases

Detainee cases

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Decided June 28, 2004

No. 03-6696

Rasul v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States

Decided June 28, 2004

No. 03-334

Rumsfeld v. Padilla

Decided June 28, 2004

No. 03-1027


A U.S. citizen who is captured abroad, classified as an “enemy combatant,” and held in the United States has due process rights to challenge his detention before a neutral decision maker. Similarly, foreign citizens captured abroad during hostilities and held at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts.


Throughout history the Supreme Court has resolved some aspect of almost every major issue before the American people. So it was only a matter of time before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks would produce a case for the Supreme Court.

In fact, four ...

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