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United States v. Morrison (2000)

In striking down part of the Violence Against Women Act, the Court ruled that Congress did not have the authority under the Commerce Clause or the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to allow rape victims to sue their attackers in federal court.

Like the ruling in U.S. v. Lopez (1995), the decision in this case limited the power of the federal government.

The case touched on constitutional principles including federalism and limited government.