25 episodes

C-SPAN's 12-part television series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation's history.

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C-SPAN's 12-part television series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation's history.

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

    Landmark Cases explores the case of a medical school applicant who claimed he was rejected in favor of less qualified minority applicants. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of affirmative action while rejecting the university’s quotas.

    • 43 min
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Gregg v. Georgia

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Gregg v. Georgia

    Landmark Cases explores the story of Troy Leon Gregg, a convicted armed robber and murderer who challenged his death sentence. The Supreme Court ruled against him in Gregg v. Georgia, but established guidelines for states using the death penalty.

    • 34 min
    Supreme Court Landmark Case New York Times v. United States

    Supreme Court Landmark Case New York Times v. United States

    Landmark Cases explores how The New York Times and Washington Post successfully challenged the Nixon Administration for the right to publish what came to be known as the "Pentagon Papers," a classified history of U.S. military activity in Vietnam.

    • 38 min
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Tinker v. Des Moines

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Tinker v. Des Moines

    Landmark Cases tells the story of five Des Moines, Iowa, students who wore black arm bands to school to protest the war in Vietnam, violating local school policies. The Supreme Court ruled students do not lose their 1st Amendment rights at school.

    • 32 min
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Brandenburg v. Ohio

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Brandenburg v. Ohio

    Landmark Cases presents Brandenburg v. Ohio, in which the Supreme Court overturned the hate speech conviction of Clarence Brandenburg, an Ohio Ku Klux Klan leader, on the grounds that the state law violated the 1st Amendment.

    • 38 min
    Supreme Court Landmark Case Katz v. United States

    Supreme Court Landmark Case Katz v. United States

    Landmark Cases explores the case of Charles Katz, a bookie recorded by the FBI transmitting illegal bets from a telephone booth. The Supreme Court’s decision in Katz v. United States expanded Americans' right to privacy under the 4th Amendment.

    • 42 min

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