12 landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases

Published On: Mar 27 2012 12:32:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

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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District of Columbia vs. Heller -- In a split decision, the court in 2008 concluded that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia. It was possibly the most important government statement regarding guns in the U.S. since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.