US Supreme Court: Big 21st century rulings
The past 12 years have seen significant US high court decisions with wide-ranging effects on personal freedoms and national politics. Another key ruling is expected this summer on President Obama's health-care reform law. Here are some recent top rulings, all decided by 5-to-4 votes.
1. Bush v. Gore (2000)
This decision stopped the recount of votes in Florida in the contested 2000 US presidential election. A majority of justices found that continuing to recount votes in selected counties would violate the Fourteenth Amendmentâ€™s â€śequal protection clauseâ€ť for voters in the rest of the state, so ordered the recount to stop. This resulted in the George W. Bush presidency.
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