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January 24, 2020

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The Year in Review: Highlights of the Supreme Court Term
Last Featured: 7/18/2005

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[Co-sponsored by the National Constitution Center] The constitutionality of federal sentencing guidelines and the death penalty for juveniles topped the list of criminal justice issues that the U.S. Supreme Court resolved this year. But other critical issues from internet wine sales to public displays of the Ten Commandments garnered attention from the Court and the public. Constitutional experts Nadine Strossen and John Yoo, and New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, review this year’s important decisions and discuss the future of the Supreme Court.

Nadine Strossen is a professor of law at New York Law School and has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in the country. The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and she has been a regular guest on ABC's “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher, a monthly columnist for two Web-zines, and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network.

John Yoo is a professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He formerly served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96, where he advised on constitutional issues and judicial nominations. Yoo has also been a clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship from the Federalist Society.

Linda Greenhouse is the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. Her distinguished coverage of the court earned her a Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1998 as well as numerous other journalism awards. Greenhouse has spoken and lectured widely on the Supreme Court at colleges, law schools, and judicial conferences. Since 1980, she has appeared regularly on the PBS program “Washington Week.” Her new book, “Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey,” was recently published by Times Books.

Closing Quote
"Packing the Supreme Court simply can’t be done. I’ve tried it….and it won’t work. Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court, he ceases to be your friend."

— President Harry Truman

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Granholm v. Heald Case permitting the interstate sale of wine and liquor over the Internet.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer v. Grokster Case finding businesses liable for copyright violations by users of their product or service.
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