Writing Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case,” following is the full text of Justice Alito’s dissent in Snyder v. Phelps. Legal.com disclaims any … Read More »
U.S. CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT II The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are referred to as the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment provides as follows: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the … Read More »
THOMAS, J., dissenting
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Nos. 11-393, 11-398 and 11-400
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT
BUSINESS, ET AL ., PETITIONERS
KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, SECRETARY OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL .
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN
SERVICES, ET AL ., PETITIONERS
FLORIDA ET AL .
FLORIDA, ET AL ., PETITIONERS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES ET AL .
ON WRITS OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF
APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
[June 28, 2012]
U.S. CONSTITUTION The United States Constitution, consisting of a Preamble, seven Articles and twenty-seven Amendments was initially signed on September 17, 1787. A durable document, intended to adapt to changing times, it was most recently amended in 1992. Legal.com examines several … Read More »
U.S. CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT I The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are referred to as the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment, known as the Free Speech (also Freedom of Religion) Amendment, contains three clauses, as follows: [Clause 1, … Read More »
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
[Clause 3] To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.
The most recent review of Congress’ Commerce Clause power is in the 2012 U.S. Supreme Cort opinion National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, also known as the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” case. Links to the major components of this nearly 200-page Supreme Court opinion appear at the end of this article. But first, a brief history of the Commerce Clause.