This week in class we discussed the Commerce Power as it related to the U.S. Supreme Court cases Gibbons v. Ogden, U.S. v. Lopez, U.S. v. Morrison, and Gonzales v. Raich. In these cases,the Court either accepted or rejected the federal government's efforts under the Commerce Power. We discussed a great deal about how and why the Court decided these cases. What explanations seemed to make the most sense to you? In Gibbonsv. Ogden(1824) and Gonzalezv. Raich(2005), in both cases Congress has the authority to intervene since it affected the interstate commerce. In Gibbonsv. Ogden(1824), all six justices voted in favor of Gibbons because the federal government has the ability to regulate interstate commerce. Additionally, this case in particular added weight to the authority of the federal government over the state’s rights. This decision makes sense to me because even though the States argued that they retained sovereign rights under the Articles of Confederation to control their own territory
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Supreme Court of the United States, United States Congress, Gonzales v. Raich