American Judges Association


Date of this Version

July 2004


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 41:2 (2004), pp. 48-61. Copyright © 2004 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


The civil cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during its last term were headlined by its decisions reasserting the rule of law in the context of detainees in the war on terrorism. In addition, the Court handed down a number of decisions on civil rights, the First Amendment, federalism, presidential power, and civil statutory interpretation. We review those cases here.

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