D.C. Voting and the 23rd Amendment

Passed in 1961, today is the anniversary of the 23rd Amendment.  The Amendment allows D.C. to appoint electors to the Electoral College, as Congress so directs.   Article I §8 of the Constitution gives Congress exclusive control over the seat of government.  D.C....

The Supreme Court and the Civil War

Check out our current display, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War,” which highlights some of the Court’s major decisions of the time.  Two habeas corpus cases are featured – Ex parte Merryman, 17 F. Cas. 144 (C.C.D. Md. 1861) (No. 9487)), and Ex parte...

Hail to the Library Staff!

Congratulations to our six library employees who were honored this week for their years of service to The George Washington University: 25 Years Germaine Leahy, Head of Reference/Environmental Librarian 10 Years Terry Stanback, Serials/Bindery Specialist 5 Years...

Oral Argument on Health Care Reform

On March 26-28, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the consolidated cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (amended by the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010).  The Court announced that oral arguments will not be...

Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)

On March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel was a fundamental right that applied to the states through the 14th Amendment.  “That government hires lawyers to prosecute and defendants who have the money hire lawyers...

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