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.
Chandler v. Florida
Decided January 26, 1981
449 U.S. 560
The Constitution does not prohibit states from allowing televised coverage of criminal trials. It has not been shown that the mere presence of cameras in the courtroom harms a defendant's right to a fair trial or to due process.
The highly publicized O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995 may either have been the high point or low point of a trend that has caused controversy since the early twentieth century: the broadcast of courtroom proceedings.
At the beginning of the broadcast era, few people thought twice about allowing cameras and microphones into courtrooms. Radio coverage of the 1925 Scopes “monkey trial,” pitting legendary lawyers William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow in a battle over the teaching of evolution, ...