Summary of Landmark Supreme Court Rulings
- AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB
Last updated 22 Mar 2021
While detailed study notes exist on these Court cases, this should provide a nice overview of the key ruling/decision that was handed down in each case.
Ruled that Separate but Equal provision is constitutional
Ruled that Separate but Equal is inherently unequal - Overturns Plessy
Evidence obtained without a warrant cannot be used in a court of law.
Officially mandated school prayer is unconstitutional
Defendants must be provided with legal counsel for those unable to pay for their own
The Court ruled that hte Constitution protects the right to privacy
Ruled that all those arrested must be informed of their legal rights prior to any interrogation
Ruled it was legal for a woman to have an abortion within the first trimester
Executive privilege is limited and ordered the turning over of the 'smoking gun' Watergate tapes
Reaffirms the right to an abortion
Rules the Line Item Veto power given to the President is unconstitutional
Ruled that recounts in Florida are unconstitutional and hands the election victory to Bush
Upholds Obamacare as constitutional as it is akin to a tax
Ruled same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional and extends same-sex marriage to all 50 states.