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The Supreme Court and the '90s

Milli Vanilli and C. Michael Greene.jpg

Continuing my line of posts creating an arbitrary list of THE landmark case for each year. This time, we'll work our way from the moment of the lip syncing of Milli Vanilli to that of the sexual orality of Monica Lewinsky. I've posted one of them as the image for this entry.

1990, Cruzan v.Missouri -- States may require "clear and convincing evidence" of patient's end-of-life wishes (living wills).

1991, Harmelin v. Michigan -- life sentence without possibility of parole for possession of cocaine held not to be cruel and unusual punishment.

1992, Casey v. Planned Parenthood -- re-affirmation of right to an abortion as part of privacy right.

1993, Daubert v. Merrill Dow -- creation of the Daubert standard for the testimony of expert witnesses.

1994, Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet -- Satmar Hasidic Jews can't get their own public school district.

1995, Adarand Construction v. Pena -- affirmative action as race-based set asides. Strict scrutiny.

1996, 44 Liquormart v. State of Rhode Island -- commercial speech and a package store.

1997, State Oil Co. v. Khan -- overturned the per se illegality of vertical maximum price fixing.

1998, Eastern Enterprises v. Apfel -- regulatory takings principle applied to invalidate a statute mandating contributions to a pension fund.

1999, Hunt v. Cromartie -- political gerrymandering still alive even if it looks a lot like prohibited racial gerrymandering.

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