Visiting the D.C. Federal Courthouse
By the nature of the work they do, the courts make history almost every day. Not just the Supreme Court of the United States, but federal courts across the nation, hear high-profile cases. Every case is significant in its own way. All are important to the judges, lawyers, jurors, and parties involved. The Supreme Court handles about 100 cases a year. The rest of the cases that come through the federal court system are settled in district courts, appellate courts, and bankruptcy courts. These decisions can have a huge impact on American life and law.
The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse (dcd.uscourts.gov) in the District of Columbia, because of its location in the nation's capital, handles many cases that shape the history of our country. By January 2006, there will be an exhibit of some of these cases in the William Benson Bryant Annex (dcd.uscourts.gov) of the D.C. courthouse. The next time you are in Washington, you are invited to visit the courthouse to learn about these cases from the past that have an impact on American life today. You also may want to observe a live trial. Courthouses are public buildings and courtrooms are open to the public.
The following are some of the historic cases heard at the U.S. Courthouse in the District of Columbia.
The Nixon Tapes
Executive Privilege and the Fifth Amendment
|COURTS IN WAR TIME |
The President at War
THE FIRST AMENDMENT
The Pentagon Papers
The Mayday Protestors
ENFORCING EQUAL JUSTICE GUARANTEES
Equal Pay for Women
Women on Navy Ships
CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL TRIALS
The Assassination of President Lincoln
The Assassination of President Garfield
Due Process Rights
A Union Leader and the Law
Temporary Insanity Defense
The Attempt to Assassinate President Reagan