President Donald Trump’s recent nomination to the Supreme Court is 48-year-old Amy Coney Barret, Notre Dame Law School graduate, mother of seven, and judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. If affirmed, she is poised to fill the gap left by the recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The timing of the nomination is controversial at best, with many pointing to the double standard held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee under similar circumstances.
The current drama is hardly the first to surround the U.S. Supreme Court, however. In fact, since its inception in 1789, the court has faced a number of scandals of all shapes and sizes, some of which have had an incredible impact on American society.
The Supreme Court is the head of the judiciary branch of the United States government. It has had a hand in shaping, perhaps more than any other branch of government, the country as it’s known to be today. To contextualize that history, Stacker compiled a timeline of the Supreme Court from its inception to its modern-day controversies. Using information from the United States Courts, the Supreme Court archives, and various news reports, 50 major moments in the court’s history are presented.
Read on to learn about landmark cases, major players, and important firsts.
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