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» Drama, controversy marked the first Supreme Court justices

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It was 223 years ago today that Congress signed the law that created the Supreme Court, and a look back at the first court shows personal drama that included a justice dodging creditors, a failed suicide attempt and a Chief Justice who was America’s most-hated man, for a time.


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Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Name Any U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Says New FindLaw.com Survey

Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Name Any U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Says New FindLaw.com Survey | Supreme court information | Scoop.it

by ROBYN HAGEN CAIN

 

If you can name a Justice, you're better off than most Americans....

 

Why is a passing familiarity with the Supreme Court an accomplishment, you ask? Because two-thirds of Americans can't name a single Supreme Court justice, according to a recent FindLaw.com survey.

 

That's right. Everyone may have an opinion about the controversial cases before the Nine, but only 34 percent of Americans can name one of the justices who will decide those controversies.

 

So who are the popular kids in the Supreme Court crowd?

 

The most recognized justice is everyone's favorite surprise swing vote, Chief Justice John Roberts. Twenty percent of Americans know that the Chief is on the Court, (though the results don't indicate whether respondents recognized that he's the Chief.) [MORE]

 


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Sonia Sotomayor News - The New York Times

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News about Sonia Sotomayor. Commentary and archival information about Sonia Sotomayor from The New York Times.
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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

CAMRETA v. GREENE, PERSONALLY AND AS NEXT FRIEND


OF S. G., A MINOR, ET AL.

 

CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR

 

THE NINTH CIRCUIT

 

No. 09–1454. Argued March 1, 2011—Decided May 26, 2011*
Nearly a decade ago, petitioner Camreta, a state child protective services worker, and petitioner Alford, a county deputy sheriff, interviewed then 9-year-old S. G. at her Oregon elementary school about allegations that her father had sexually abused her. They did not
have a warrant or parental consent to conduct the interview. S. G.eventually stated that she had been abused. Her father stood trial for that abuse, but the jury failed to reach a verdict and the charges were later dismissed. S. G.’s mother, respondent here (hereinafter S. G.), subsequently sued Camreta and Alford on S G.’s behalf for damages under 42 U. S. C. §1983, alleging that the in-school interview breached the Fourth Amendment’s proscription on unreasonable seizures. The District Court granted summary judgment to the officials. The Ninth Circuit affirmed. The Court of Appeals first ruled that seizing S. G. absent a warrant, court order, parental consent, or exigent circumstances violated the Constitution. But the court further held that the officials were entitled to qualified immunity from damages liability because no clearly established law had warned them of the illegality of their conduct. The court explained that it had chosen to rule on the merits of the constitutional claim so that officials would be on notice that they could not dispense with traditional Fourth Amendment protections in this context. http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-1454.pdf ...  ;

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