A Brief History of SCOTUS
In 1926, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. The SCOTUS is the court of last resort for federal offenses. SCOTUS hears and decides only the most important and contentious cases in the nation. SCOTUS has nine members who are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
In the decades since its founding, the SCOTUS has grown in size and notoriety. Today, the court has more than seven hundred cases pending before it. These range from the highly publicized cases to the small, seemingly insignificant matters that the justices deal with on a daily basis. Regardless of the case’s importance, all cases are heard and decided by a panel of three judges.
Judges on the Supreme Court are required to have extensive judicial experience and must hold high ethical standards. Because of this, many people believe that the highest court in the land is one of the most fair and just courts that exist. In fact, the court has a fairly high approval rating.
How Sports Betting Was Permitted
In 1976, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed by Congress. The PASPA prohibits state and local governments from regulating sports betting, although it does prohibit the states from enforcing their own antigambling laws against individuals engaging in sports gambling. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the PASPA numerous times. The high court has also ruled that the states can’t prohibit individuals from betting on sports events that are held within their borders. This is called the “void for vagueness” doctrine. The void for vagueness doctrine prevents the government from banning certain types of speech because they are not precise enough.
The PASPA was originally intended to protect the integrity of the sports, but it has become so much more. The court has interpreted the law to mean that the federal government can’t interfere with state governmental affairs, which includes the regulation of sports wagering. This has given rise to a booming business in online sports betting for American consumers. Most states have seen an increase in revenue due to the presence of online sportsbooks. Some states, like Nevada, have even considered using their newfound wealth to improve their societies.
Who Voted To Overturn Thema?
On April 15, 2016, the Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The court ruled that the law violated the rights of professional sports teams that operate within the borders of a particular state. The decision was 5–4, with the more conservative justices favoring overturning PASPA. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Justices Kennedy, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, while Justices Scalia and Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.
Justice Scalia, in his dissenting opinion, pointed out that the court’s decision was an example of the “federal courts’ usurpation of state sovereignty.” He also said that overturning PASPA was a radical departure from the court’s previous rulings and would create problems for both state and federal governments. Justice Thomas agreed and said that although he did not support the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in the first place, he thought that it was perfectly constitutional. He said that the court erred in “federalizing” professional sports. He was also unsure of the practical consequences of the court’s decision since Congress had clearly spoken on the issue. Nonetheless, he admitted that he thought the court made the right call on this particular issue.
The decision has allowed states to regulate sports betting after all, as long as they abide by the law. It remains to be seen how each state will implement sports betting laws in the wake of this ruling, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.