12 landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases

POSTED: 09:32 AM PDT Mar 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 25, 2012 

Forty-two years ago the U.S. Supreme Court made one of its most divisive rulings ever in the Roe vs. Wade case. Take a look back at some of the other landmark cases that shaped our nation.

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Marbury vs. Madison -- This 1803 case involving then-Secretary of State James Madison established the basis for judicial review and solidified the role of checks and balances in American government.

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