While entertaining the heads of state of both Canada and Mexico, President Obama got in a comment about his bill, the Affordable Care Act, and it's fate before the US Supreme Court. In his statement, he assured his audience he was "confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected congress". What?
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One would think a student of the constitution would recall one or two examples of just this action in the past. After all, these decisions of the court to overturn established laws passed by congress had wide ranging ramifications when these decisions came down. Many were not popular, but evidently they were in keeping with the constitution. Like them or not, agree with them or not, the facts are the Supreme Court has acted as the protector of the Constitution, in the long run probably a good thing.
Courtesy of InfoPlease, here is a partial list from the past, decisions where laws were overturned by the Robed Nine.