US Supreme Court

VUS.15a

New Members

Women (Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and minorities (Clarence Thomas) were appointed as Supreme Court justices.

Individual Rights

Over time the Supreme Court expanded individual rights in the years since Brown v. Board of Education (1954) such as the right to a lawyer and Miranda warnings. Other individual rights were freedom of speech in school, flag burning was made ok as it was considered freedom of speech, and no school prayer. The right to abortion and privacy in marriage were protected from government interference.
Civil Rights movements in the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's provided a model that other civil groups have used to extend civil rights and equal justice.