As the school year kicks off, we encourage you to check out our updated SCOTUS case summaries from the 2018-2019 Term. Each case now includes information on the decisions, so even if you downloaded it earlier in the year, you will want to get an updated version of the case in our Resource Library.
As with all Street Law case materials, each of these case summaries was reviewed by a legal expert to ensure accuracy and our curriculum team to ensure it's classroom ready!
- Timbs v. Indiana (2019) | Is the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause incorporated against the states under the 14th Amendment?
- Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association (2019) | Does a local government’s display and maintenance of a 40-foot tall Latin cross on public property, established in memory of fallen World War I soldiers, violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause?
- Flowers v. Mississippi (2019) | Did the Mississippi Supreme Court err in how it applied Batson v. Kentucky in this case about striking potential jurors based solely on race?
- Rucho v. Common Cause (2019) | Do Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina (the plaintiffs) have constitutional standing to make these partisan gerrymandering challenges? Are the plaintiffs’ partisan gerrymandering claims able to be heard by the Court? If plaintiffs have standing and their claims are justiciable, is North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
Timbs, the Peace Cross Case, and Rucho can all be used as comparison cases to teach the 15 AP U.S. Government & Politics focal cases. We’ve added them to our SCOTUS Comparison Cases resource. You can download an updated version of the guide in our Resource Library.