Washington D.C. - Supreme Court

The SCOTUS building.

The Supreme Court of the United States is created by the Constitution. Originally it contained five judges on its "panel," called officially "justices," but was changed to nine some time after the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The court is composed of eight Associate Justices of the Supreme Court as well as the Chief Justice of the United States.

History and BackgroundEdit

The SCOTUS was created by Article Three of the US Constitution, with one Chief Justice serving as the head. The Chief Justice officiates over the impeachment trial of the President in the Senate. The first Chief Justice was John Marshall, of Marbury v. Madison fame.
The SCOTUS is supposed to be officially neutral regarding all issues:

"The law should be deaf to the clamors of the populace"- John Adams

But inevitably, their opinions are corrupted by unofficial stances such as conservative, liberal, pro-life, pro-choice, etc.

Famous casesEdit

Apart from Marbury v. Madison, that set the precedent for judicial review, there have been many milestone cases that the SCOTUS has settled.

Dred ScottEdit

An escaped slave sued his former master for his freedom on the grounds that the master had taken him into a free state. At the time, the Old Conservatives that controlled the Court decided that

  • A Negro had no rights in court
  • A Negro was property and could be taken anywhere in the US with master's permission
  • A Negro did not exist and was simply a shadow in a thought of White Male Anglo-Saxon Protestants

This was one of the causes of the Civil War of America, as the South allowed slavery and the North did not.

The death penalty case McCleskey v. Kemp (1987), was compared to the Dred Scott case for its immorality.

Brown v Board of Education, 1954Edit

Ended school segregation, under the 14th amendment; "Seperate but Equal" is unconstitutional

Loving v. Virginia, 1967Edit

Legalized interracial marriage under 14th amendment, as well as providing legal precendent for legalizing gay marriage

Roe v. Wade, 1973Edit

Legalized abortion and overturned all state-level laws prohibiting it.
'Nuff said.

Bush v. Gore, 2000Edit

We shall not speak of it. We have spoken about that sad affair and travesty of Democracy, see 2000 US presidential election.

Shelby County v. Holder, 2013Edit

Ruled that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was not unconstitutional, but the list of states that are held accountable was; which practically invalidated it until Congress finds a new way.  Because the 113th Congress is so divided, this is highly unlikely.   The idea behind the ruling was that because the law was so effective, we don't need it anymore.  This is untrue: just two hours laters, Texas became the first state to introduce legislation that the Voting Rights Act would have voided[1].

Hollingsworth v. Perry, 2013Edit

This case was on the Constitutionality of California's ban on gay marriage. Due to the nature of the lawsuit (the state's attorney general and governor refused to defend the bill) the court was unable to make a decision, but it did result in California's gay marriage ban being overturned.

Windsor v. The United States, 2013Edit

Section 3 of Defense of Marriage Act was found unconstitutional, requiring the federal government to recognize gay marriages, but allowing individual states to decide their own marriage laws.

Current MembersEdit

The members:

  1. Elena Kagan, Liberal!, took office 2010, appointed by Obama. She's an ultraliberal, who was Dean of Harvard Law School.
  2. Antonin Scalia, Conservative, took office 1986, appointed by that old guy. An evil guy. The worst of the worst and he's also a traditionalist Catholic!
  3. Anthony M. Kennedy, Moderate, took office 1988, appointed by Rotten Ronnie. Mainly conservative, but sometimes sees sense as he's a swing voter.
  4. Clarence Thomas, Conservative, took office 1991, appointed by Herbert B. Even more conservative than Scalia. Which is scary, so Thomas is an Uncle Tom.
  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Liberal!, took office 1993, appointed by Billy Beroo Very cool. Very liberal.
  6. Stephen G. Breyer, Liberal!, took office 1994, appointed by Hillary's Husband Liberal, cool..
  7. Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Conservative, took office 2006, appointed by Dubya. Nasty conservative.
  8. Sonia Sotomayor, Liberal!, took office 2009, appointed by The One. According to Douchebag McGee, she's an ultraliberal, so she's got to be pretty awesome.

Note how Republicans and Conservatives control four out of the nine commissions. Why can't a court remain neutral? Sonia Sotomayor

Former MembersEdit

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.Edit

The youngest member of the Court, appointed by George W. Bush in 2005. Nicknames include "Master of Opinion," "The Courtroom Mutilator," and "The Shaft." A prominent conservative.


Members of the SCOTUS are appointed by the President and then confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate. Filibusters, and the lack thereof, then, are key to allowing an appointment. Thus, most modern justices are granted their commissions because of a compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats.


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