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POLI201 Chapter 4 Notes

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POLI201 Chapter 4 Notes POLI 201 -001

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These notes cover the concept of civil liberties and include numerous topics that historically promoted civil liberties, such as dual citizenship, the 14th amendment, selective incorporation and th...
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Date Created: 09/15/16
Chapter 4  Important Term Definition/Main Idea Example Court Case Civil Liberties  Personal rights and freedoms guaranteed to citizens that  protects them  from unjust, governmental laws      Bill of Rights =  Basis of Civil Liberties Dual Citizenship  Americans are both citizens of the national government and citizens of their native state.  Barron v Baltimore (1833): 5  amendment restrains power of the national government but cannot be applied to state governments Fourteenth Amendment  Strives to apply the Bill of Rights to State Governments  Anyone born or naturalized in the US are US citizens and citizens of the state they live in     States cannot create or enforce laws that take away the privileges of US citizens      States   cannot deprive anyone  of “life, liberty or property” without fair treatment of the law (due process) Selective Incorporation      The    one­by­one  application  of  liberties   stated  in  the  Bill  of  Rights  to  state governments  The Supreme Court ruled in 1873 that 14 amendment did not apply the Bill of Rights to state governments  Selective Incorporation is a time period filled with historic court cases that helped apply the Bill of Rights to state governments The Bill of Rights  Freedom of Religion  Establishment Clause: separation of church and state  Free Exercise Clause: citizens can practice whatever religion they want Lemon Test  Government can be involve itself in religion if it does not: o Promote nor prohibit religion o Create  excessive entanglement  (too much involvement  with people who practice certain religions, including other countries)  Freedom of Speech  Government protects certain types of free speech o Protected:  Political Speech  Speech Plus  Speech that involves public demonstrations such as sit­ins and picketing     Only protected if participants abide by state, local, and public restrictions  Westboro Baptist Church (members)  The picket signs contain very hurtful messages about dead soldiers  Yet, the people do not protest at the funerals but near them o Unprotected: “malicious, scandalous, defamatory” speech  Libel: written  Slander: verbal  Clear and Present Danger  Used to determine if speech is protected or unprotected by Constitution  The goal is to not violate someone else’s rights to free speech  Freedom of the Press  Prohibits prior restraint  o When a government agency tries to prevent someone from publishing harmful or libelous information o Censorship  Search and Seizure     Mapp v Ohio (1961) th o Exclusionary Rule: courts can exclude obtained evidence that violates the 4 amendment  Rights of the Accused  Fifth Amendment o Double Jeopardy: courts cannot try a person twice for the same crime o Miranda Rights  Anyone under arrest must be read their legal rights before the police can interrogate them  Protects against self­incrimination  Sixth Amendment o Speedy, public trial o Impartial jury o Right to confront accuser(s) o Gideon v Wainwright (1961): right to counsel  Eighth Amendment o No excessive bail and fines o No “cruel and unusual” punishment  Right to Privacy  Not explicitly stated in the Bill of Rights     Griswold v Connecticut (1965) o No state is allows to ban the use of contraceptives o Violated “zone of privacy” (privacy rights protected by the Constitution)     Roe v Wade (1973) o Women’s rights to an abortion o Emphasized right to privacy The Right to Die  Gonzalez v Oregon (2006): doctors are allowed to assist terminally ill patients who no longer want to be alive


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