The Warren Court (1953–69)

Racial Discrimination

What was unusual about the South Carolina v. Katzenbach decision?

The case was unusual because it is one of the relatively few cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court exercises original jurisdiction. This means that the U.S. Supreme Court was the only court to hear the case—there were no lower court decisions. The Supreme Court had original jurisdiction under Article III, Section 2, of the Constitution because the case involved a controversy between a state suing a citizen of another state, in this case the attorney general of the United States.


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