On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the ...[read more]
On July 1, 2005, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the US Supreme Court. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Supreme Court as the first ever female Supreme Court Justice. She was succeeded by Justice Samuel Alito. Justice O'Connor's voting record ...[read more]
On June 2, 2006, Chief Judge Robert W. Pratt of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa issued an opinion finding that a religious prison organization receiving government funds violated the US Constitution because it was used to rehabilitate prison inmates by advocating the tenets ...[read more]
On October 3, 2005, President George Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Miers faced ideological criticism from conservative activist groups, frustrated questioning from the Senate Judiciary ...[read more]
On September 5, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Roberts served as a clerk for Rehnquist when he was an Associate Justice on the Court and had originally been nominated to replace ...[read more]
On January 31, 2006, the US Senate voted 58-42 to approve the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Alito replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who had announced her retirement the previous July. ...[read more]
On September 21, 2007, the Supreme Court of Chile ordered former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori to be extradited to Peru to face human rights charges. Fujimori is accused of approving death squad killings and misusing government funds in Peru. The Chilean government extradited Fujimori the ...[read more]
On September 5, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, succeeding the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Roberts served as a clerk for Rehnquist and was originally nominated to replace associate justice Sandra Day O'Connor before ...[read more]
Recently-retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas on March 26, 1930. Watch recorded video of Justice O'Connor talking about her biography Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest at Harvard Law School in April, 2002.
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On September 21, 1981, the US Senate approved the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the US Supreme Court by a vote of 99-0, making her the first female Supreme Court justice. Leran more about Justice O'Connor from the OYEZ website at Northwestern University.
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