The Court has been active throughout its history in striking down
state and federal laws, but has generally decided more cases invalidating state laws than federal statutes.
Evans, the 1996 decision striking down
a Colorado law preventing the enactment of any and all bans on discrimination based on sexual orientation, Scalia famously accused the majority of mistaking a "kulturkampf for a fit of spite.
During Franklin Roosevelt's administration, when the largely conservative Supreme Court was striking down
New Deal legislation, liberals were up in arms about jurists' overstepping their constitutional bounds.
Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit agreed, striking down
Courts have allowed more religious activity in colleges and upheld certain types of government funding for religion while still striking down
coercive religious activity in elementary and secondary schools.
Evans, a 1996 ruling striking down
Colorado's antigay Amendment 2, in which he accused his fellow justices of "terminal silliness" for "disparaging as bigotry adherence to traditional values.
While the majority of the Court, in striking down
the RFRA, was technically correct, this ruling will nonetheless cause problems.
Marshall's ruling did not specify how much of the law she was striking down
- the entire statute, which applies to anyone who offers help or encouragement in a suicide, or just the ban on physician assistance requested by a competent, terminally ill adult.
Garvan Murtha of Brattleboro, Vermont, issued an order yesterday striking down
a law passed in 2001 regulating material on the Internet deemed "harmful to minors.
A court in Florida, however, recently ruled the opposite way, striking down
that state's voucher program as a violation of the state's Blaine amendment.
A major victory has been achieved with the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Federal Appeals Court striking down
Washington State's law against "aiding" a suicide.
Meanwhile, a California appeals court had something else to say on the subject last month in a split decision striking down
assessments levied by the California Kiwifruit Commission.
The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm that focuses on pro-life issues, said today a ruling by a federal appeals court striking down
a New York decision that expanded speech-free "buffer zones" around abortion clinics is a "significant ruling" in the struggle to protect the constitutional rights of those who want to share a pro-life message.
Rehnquist's comments were made public May 29, when the Supreme Court issued an order stating that it would not hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down
the government's display of a granite Ten Commandments monument in Elkhart, Ind.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled last month that mentally competent, terminally ill adults have a constitutional right to die, striking down
Washington state's ban.