Author Archives: Gregory Blanc

The Supreme Court Weighs 2 Cases Involving Racial Bias in the Courtroom

The Supreme Court is considering two cases this month involving racal bias in the courtroom.  In Buck v. Davis, the Court will decide whether a death sentence can be appealed because an expert for the defense testified that the defendant posed a greater risk of future criminal acts because he is African American.  And today the Court will hear arguments in Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado, which involves the question of whether a jury verdict can be overturned because of allegations of racial bias during jury deliberations.

Read more about Buck v. Davis.

Read more about Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado.

And see Christina Swarns, who argued Buck v. Davis before the Supreme Court last week, in our film Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville.



Supreme Court Back in Session Today

The Supreme Court is back in session today following summer recess.  Click here for information about how the Court schedule works.  And for more information on the cases before the Court this session, click here.

Happy 261st Birthday, John Marshall!

261 years ago today, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall, was born.  Marshall presided over some of the most influential early cases before the Court, including Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review.

Also on this day in 1789, President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the Federal Court system.

To learn more about John Marshall and the history of the Federal Court system, check out our film An Independent Judiciary.

Celebrate Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!  Commemorate the signing of the Constitution 229 years ago and check out the Annenberg Classroom website for a list of educational resources (including the Constitution Project films!) all about our founding document.

Watch our new film “Freedom of the Press: NY Times v. United States”

Check out the latest film in the Constitution Project Series, Freedom of the Press: New York Times v. United States. Freedom of the Press has been guaranteed by the Constitution for over 200 years. It’s right there in the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. But almost as soon as the ink was dry on the First Amendment, people in power started to challenge its protections — and they haven’t stopped throughout its 200 year history.

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Watch our film, Search and Seizure, online now

The newest episode of The Constitution Project series is now online! Watch Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio.

The Bills of Rights wins at the 2012 Hugo Television Awards

The Constitution Project: The Bill of Rights has won a Gold Plaque at the 2012 Hugo Television Awards!  The Hugo Awards are part of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.  The Bill of Rights won in the category of Educational Program, Adult Audience.  Additional information can be found at

A Call to Act is among six winners of the ABA Silver Gavel Award

A Call to Act is among six winners of The American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. The award is the ABA’s most prestigious recognition of works in media and arts that promote the understanding of America’s legal system. The Silver Gavel Awards will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on July 19th.

Watch A Call to Act, and other films in The Constitution Project series, online at the Annenberg Classroom website.

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Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company wins a 2011 CINE Masters Series Award

Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company is this year’s winner of the CINE Masters Series Award in the category of Professional Non-Telecast Non-Fiction. The 2010 award went to Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause.

Watch both films online at the Annenberg Classroom website.

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Jury Selection and Let Freedom Swing win CINE Golden Eagle Awards

Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company and Let Freedom Swing have both won 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Awards!  The two films were among six awards given in the Adult Education and Entertainment category.

Check all of this season’s CINE Golden Eagle Award winners on the CINE website.

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