As we reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold President Barack Obama’s individual mandate, meaning the Affordable Care Act has been deemed constitutional, as a “tax.”
This got us thinking: What are some other recent decisions?
As Steven Thrasher mentioned Monday, SCOTUS said “no” to mandatory life without parole for juveniles.
The highest court in the land also determined that a Montana state law barring independent political spending by corporations is unconstitutional.
During the session, the justices also shot down the lion’s share of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, a controversial measure which let cops ask the immigration status of anyone they stopped.
But what else?
On Thursday, SCOTUS also said that the Stolen Valor Act — which made it illegal to falsely claim military decoration — was an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, according to the New York Times.
Earlier this month, SCOTUS ruled that recent reforms to crack and powder cocaine penalties might be “applied retroactively,” the Times notes. The law on which this ruling is based means that the sentencing disparity has been reduced to 18 to 1, down from when crack was 100 times more illegal than coke.
SCOTUS did not decide, however, whether it is still constitutional for the federal government to regulate broadcast television — instead, the court simply threw out cursing and indecency fines levied against Fox and ABC, the AP notes.