Supreme Court

  • June 27, 1997  

    The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Brady gun law, ruling 5 to 4 that the Federal government couldn’t make local sheriffs run background checks on handgun purchasers. The NewsHour’s Betty Ann Bowser and Stuart Taylor of the American Lawyer provide background. Continue reading

  • June 27, 1997  

    The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Brady gun law, ruling 5 to 4 that the Federal government couldn’t make local sheriffs run background checks on handgun purchasers. Continue reading

  • June 26, 1997  

    The Internet community is breathing easier now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Communications Decency Act. The Judges ruled 7-2 that key parts of the law violated the First Amendment. Continue reading

  • June 26, 1997  

    The Internet community is breathing easier now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Communications Decency Act. The Judges ruled 7-2 that key parts of the law violated the First Amendment. Continue reading

  • June 26, 1997  

    Voting unanimously, the US Supreme Court ruled that states may outlaw doctor-assisted suicides. Continue reading

  • June 26, 1997  

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states may outlaw doctor-assisted suicides. Now, the lawyers who argued the case in court debate the verdict. Continue reading

  • June 25, 1997  

    A background report on the local problem that led to the Supreme Court striking down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Continue reading

  • June 25, 1997  

    The Supreme Court struck down the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was meant to protect religious institutions from government infringement. Did the act go too far? Jim Lehrer and Stuart Taylor talk with guests about the decision. Continue reading

  • June 23, 1997  

    The Supreme Court decides to allow public school teachers to teach remedial classes at private schools, while still on the taxpayers’ clock. This reverses the Court’s 1985 decision not to allow the teachers to teach for parochial schools. Why the change? Elizabeth Farnsworth reports. Continue reading

  • June 23, 1997  

    By opting not to hear the case, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court order: White House lawyers must surrender notes from their talks with Mrs. Clinton to a Whitewater grand jury. Stuart Taylor of The American Lawyer discusses the decision with Jim Lehrer. Continue reading