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. Lopez
Decided April 26, 1995
514 U.S. 549
Congress exceeded its constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce when it passed the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which forbids possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of a school. Because possession of a gun near a school is not an economic activity with a substantial impact on interstate commerce, Congress has no power to restrict gun possession near schools.
In 1990 Congress passed the Gun-Free School Zones Act. The law made it a federal crime to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Congress was reacting to the problem of gun violence in school and the horrifying episodes of students shooting other students. To some, these occurrences illustrate the easy availability ...