The Affordable Care Act Cases (2011)
Facts of the Case
ACA requires all individuals to buy insurance or pay a penalty
ACA also requires states to expand Medicaid or lose all Medicaid
- Does Congress have power to require most Am
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Facts of the Case:
Homer Plessy was 1/8 black and he looked white
He was a member of a civil rights group challenging a Louisiana Law that
designated certain railroad cars for use by white patrons only for trips intrastate.
District of Columbia v. Heller (2008):
Facts of the case
The Supreme Court had not considered the 2nd Amendments
implications for gun control in 70 years
DC passed legislation barring the registration of handguns, requiring
licenses for all pistols, a
Freedom of the Press. Miller vs. California (1971)
Legal Question. Is the sale and distribution of obscene materials by mail
protected under the First Amendment's freedom of speech guarantee?
The Court held that obscene materials did not enjoy
Brown vs. Board of Education (1954)
Brown was the father of a black schoolgirl in Kansas (and assistant pastor
at his church)
His daughter had to cross a busy RR track to attend an all-black school
The white school was closer to her home.
The issue of: ABORtiON
Brittany Barnes, April Cunningham, Michele Fulton, Lauren Romphf,
and Malak Sabbagh
Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a human
pregnancy, usually taking place during the first 28 weeks of
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
Privacy is not explicitly protected by the Constitution
Connecticut law prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article or
instrument for the purpose of preventing conception."
Although the law was passed in
Chief Justice Hughes arranges for 3 decisions to be announced from
the bench in a single day
All of the decisions were unanimous
All of the decisions were blows to FDR
The 3 cases
Humphreys Executor vs. United States: At issue was scope of
Where in the Constitution is Congress granted the power to prohibit you
from growing marijuana for personal consumption?
Where in the Constitution is Congress granted the power to force you to
buy medical insurance?
1. Congress has claimed both
West Coast Hotel v. Parrish: The key decision!
It ruled that state minimum wage laws were constitutional!
This marked a reversal of past decisions stating that minimum
wage laws were an unconstitutional abridgement of the right to