LANDMARK CASES
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C-SPAN's 12-part television series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation's history.
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May 14, 2018
Supreme Court Landmark Case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
Landmark Cases explores the case of a medical school applicant who claimed he was rejected in favor of less qualified minority applicants. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of affirmative action while rejecting the university’s quotas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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May 7, 2018
Supreme Court Landmark Case Gregg v. Georgia
Landmark Cases explores the story of Troy Leon Gregg, a convicted armed robber and murderer who challenged his death sentence. The Supreme Court ruled against him in Gregg v. Georgia, but established guidelines for states using the death penalty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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April 30, 2018
Supreme Court Landmark Case New York Times v. United States
Landmark Cases explores how The New York Times and Washington Post successfully challenged the Nixon Administration for the right to publish what came to be known as the "Pentagon Papers," a classified history of U.S. military activity in Vietnam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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April 23, 2018
Supreme Court Landmark Case Tinker v. Des Moines
Landmark Cases tells the story of five Des Moines, Iowa, students who wore black arm bands to school to protest the war in Vietnam, violating local school policies. The Supreme Court ruled students do not lose their 1st Amendment rights at school. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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April 16, 2018
Supreme Court Landmark Case Brandenburg v. Ohio
Landmark Cases presents Brandenburg v. Ohio, in which the Supreme Court overturned the hate speech conviction of Clarence Brandenburg, an Ohio Ku Klux Klan leader, on the grounds that the state law violated the 1st Amendment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 9, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Katz v. United States
    Landmark Cases explores the case of Charles Katz, a bookie recorded by the FBI transmitting illegal bets from a telephone booth. The Supreme Court’s decision in Katz v. United States expanded Americans' right to privacy under the 4th Amendment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 2, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Griswold v. Connecticut
    Landmark Cases highlights Griswold v. Connecticut, in which Planned Parenthood challenged an 1879 state law banning the use of birth control. The Supreme Court ruled the law to be unconstitutional and established a still-evolving right to privacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 26, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Gideon v. Wainwright
    Landmark Cases tells the story of Clarence Earl Gideon, a petty thief who spent his time in jail studying the law. His case, Gideon v. Wainwright, established a right to counsel for all accused criminals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 19, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Plessy v. Ferguson
    Landmark Cases explores Plessy v. Ferguson, which came about after Homer Plessy, an African American man, was arrested in New Orleans for taking a train seat reserved for whites. The Court’s decision established the "separate but equal" doctrine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 12, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Yick Wo v. Hopkins
    Landmark Cases explores Yick Wo v. Hopkins, a case in which a Chinese laundromat owner challenged a discriminatory city ordnance. The Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment’s promise of equal protection extends to immigrants and citizens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 5, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Civil Rights Cases of 1883
    Landmark Cases takes a look at the Civil Rights Cases of 1883, in which the Supreme Court struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, a federal law that had granted all people access to public accommodations like trains and theaters, regardless of race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 26, 2018
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [McCulloch v. Maryland]
    Landmark Cases explores [McCulloch v. Maryland], a case that solidified the federal government's ability to take actions not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution and restricted state action against the legitimate use of this power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 21, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Roe v. Wade]
    Clarke Forsythe and Melissa Murray talk about the 1973 Supreme Court case [Roe v. Wade], in which the court ruled that women have a constitutional, but not absolute, right to terminate pregnancy based on the determined viability of the fetus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 14, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Miranda v. Arizona]
    Guests talk about the 1966 Supreme Court case [Miranda v. Arizona], in which the Court ruled that suspects must be informed of their right against self-incrimination and their right to consult with an attorney before being questioned by police. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 7, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Baker v. Carr]
    Theodore Olson and Douglas Smith talk about the 1962 Supreme Court case [Baker v. Carr], in which the Court ruled that the drawing of election districts could be considered by the Federal Courts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 30, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Mapp v. Ohio]
    Professors Carolyn Long and Renee Hutchins talk about the 1961 Supreme Court case [Mapp v. Ohio], in which the Court applied Fourth Amendment protection against "unreasonable searches and seizures" to state criminal cases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 23, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Brown v. Board of Education]
    Jeffrey Rosen and Tomiko Brown-Nagin talk about the 1954 Supreme Court case [Brown v. Board of Education], in which the Court unanimously ruled that separate public schools were not equal, reversing previous court decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 16, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer]
    Professors Michael Gerhardt and William Howell talk about the 1952 Supreme Court case [Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer], in which the Court limited the power of the president to seize property. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 9, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Korematsu v. United States]
    Peter Irons, Karen Korematsu, and Eric Paul Fournier talk about the 1944 Supreme Court case [Korematsu V. United States], in which the court ruled that Japanese internment camps were necessary for the protection of all citizens during World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 2, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Schenck v. United States]
    Beverly Gage and Thomas Goldstein talk about the 1919 Supreme Court case [Schenck v. United States], in which the Court unanimously ruled that the Espionage Act of 1917 was constitutional. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 26, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Lochner v. New York]
    Professors Randy Barnett and Paul Kens talk about the 1905 Supreme Court case [Lochner v. New York], in which the Court first set a precedent that would favor employers in cases involving issues such as child labor laws and minimum wage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 19, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Slaughterhouse Cases]
    Paul Clement and Michael Ross talk about the 1873 Supreme Court Slaughterhouse Cases, in which the court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment protected rights guaranteed by U.S. citizenship but not those guaranteed by individual state citizenship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 12, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Case [Dred Scott v. Sandford]
    Guests talk about the 1857 Supreme Court case [Dred Scott v. Sandford], in which the Court declared that Dred Scott and other blacks could not be citizens of the U.S., and that Congress lacked the authority to prohibit slavery in the territories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 5, 2015
    Supreme Court Landmark Cases
    Akhil Reed Amar and Clifford Sloan talk about the 1803 Supreme Court case [Marbury v. Madison]. The court ruled unanimously that it was the ultimate arbiter of the constitutional validity of laws, establishing the principle of judicial review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 16, 2015
    Discussion on Landmark Supreme Court Cases
    National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen moderates a discussion ahead of C-SPAN's upcoming series "Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions," which debuts on October 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET and is produced in cooperation with the NCC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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