Episode 101 of Flash Past is here, and this time the guys have their day in court. Well, not really, but with recent events (Obergfell v. Hodges) Dan and Lyle decided to discuss some of the more important Supreme Court of the United States rulings. As both of the hosts are approximately 40 years old, they initially wanted to only address rulings that had come during their lifetimes. That didn’t pan out, though, as there were a few really important ones to be discussed from earlier. Were the cases discussed worth the time. We think so.
The Supreme Court, founded in 1789, is the highest federal court in the United States. The justices have the last say in matters of interpretation of the law. The court is made up of the Chief Justice and eight associate justices, all of whom are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Justices have a lifetime tenure once appointed. Currently, the justice who has been sitting the longest, Antonin Scalia (age 79), was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Current justices are: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas (of Coke can fame), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Elena Kagan.
Though being a justice shouldn’t really be a lifetime career, you can’t blame them. Supreme Court Justice salary for associate justices between 2009 and 2012 was $213,900 and $223,500 for the chief justice. Not bad.
The hosts didn’t have time to discuss all of the decisions they wanted to, but the ones they did get to were:
- 1967 – Loving v. Virginia which dealt with interracial marriage
- 1973 – Roe v. Wade which dealt with abortion
- 1978 – Regents of the University of California v. Bakke and 2003 – Grutter v. Bollinger which dealt with affirmative action
- 1990 – United States v. Eichman which dealt with flag burning and free speech and
- 2015 – Hollingsworth v. Perry which dealt with same-sex marriage
Admittedly, Dan knows very little about law and the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean he can’t learn. And Lyle is just the man to teach him. Find out what they have to say about all of these things and more, inside Episode 101 of Flash Past; the podcast where we talk about history and how sometimes it really is made up along the way. If you have questions or comments, let us know.