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often a mixed decision with majority, dissenting, and even concurring opinions.

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Which supreme court decision struck down the quota system?

Regents of University of California v. Bakke


What does it mean when a US District Court decision is reversed and remanded for further proceedings?

It means the US Supreme Court disagreed with the decision of the state supreme court on that particular case, and sent the case back to the state court with specific instructions on what action needed to be taken to correct the problem.


How many supreme court judges does it to declare a law unconstitutional?

A majority of those voting. In the case of a tie, the lower court's ruling stands, so if the lower court said it *was* constitutional, then it still is, but if the lower court struck down the law, then a tie at the Supreme Court means the law gets struck down. Actual ties are very rare.


When is a Supreme Court decision irrelevant?

A Supreme Court decision is only irrelevant in two ways. The first is "de facto". This is when a decision is obviated by the fact that it no longer has any practical meaning. For instance, let's suggest that the Supreme Court once ruled on the use of debt sold by the government from 1800 to 1810. Now in 2008 that debt has either no value or no longer exists, so the law pertaining to that simply does not matter. De facto is latin for "in fact" or "in practice". The more common and controversial way is when the Court overrules a previous decision. This happened with Plessy v Ferguson and then Brown v Board of Education. In Brown v Board, the Court decided that its earlier decision of Plessy was a mistake so it was struck down and thus became irrelevant.


What are two ways a US Supreme Court case can be changed?

Supreme Court decisions can only be overturned in two ways:The US Supreme Court can overturn a decision on an earlier case by making a contradictory decision on a current case (or by reversing a current decision).Congress and the States can overturn a decision by amending the US Constitution.

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When did the Supreme Court hand down the Board of Education ruling?

The Supreme Court made this decision on May 17, 1954


When did the Supreme Court hand down Brown v Board of Education ruling?

The Supreme Court made this decision on May 17, 1954


Which supreme court decision struck down the quota system?

Regents of University of California v. Bakke


Why did the California Supreme Court strike down Proposition 8?

The Court said that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional because it violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. That decision is currently under review by the US Supreme Court.


Why does Congress have the right to pass law reversing Supreme Court decisions like Ward's Cove?

Once the Supreme Court sets a precedent in its interpretation of a certain law, that decision becomes the pattern by which future tests of the same law must be judged. Therefore, if Congress passes a law that is contrary to a Supreme Court decision, and a case involving that law comes before the Supreme Court, the Court should strike it down based on the established precedent.


What big supreme court decision was made during James Buchanan's presidency?

The Dred Scott decision was handed down soon after Buchanan took office in1857.


What was the effect of the supreme courts decision in loving v Virginia?

What was the effect of the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia


What court decision regarding inimate conduct opened the door for same-sex marriage and civil unions?

Lawrence v. Texas, the US Supreme Court decision that struck down sodomy laws in the United States.


When the supreme courts hands down a decision in a case that upholds a previous ruling the justices are said to be following which principle?

Stare Decisis


How long are the Supreme Court judges on the Supreme Court?

they serve until they step down.


What Supreme Court Justices voted for our right to burn the US flag?

The Supreme Court 5-4 decision in the Texas vs Johnson case was handed down on June 21, 1989. Justices William Brennan, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun and Antonin Scalia were the majority decision.


What does it mean when a US District Court decision is reversed and remanded for further proceedings?

It means the US Supreme Court disagreed with the decision of the state supreme court on that particular case, and sent the case back to the state court with specific instructions on what action needed to be taken to correct the problem.