bill of rights

bill of rights

name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

amendment 1

You can say or write just about anything you want. You can follow any religion you choose. You can also tell the government about any complaints you have.
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United States vs. Alvarez

criminalizes lying about being awarded military decorations or medals

Amendment 2

To protect the country you sometimes must serve a soldiers citizens have the right to protect themselves the government cant stop people from owning guns.
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District of Columbia v. Heller

Richard Heller believed the law made it impossible for him to defend himself in his home. He also believed that the law violated the Second Amendment

Amendment 3

Soldiers can't come in and demand to live in your house and eat your food
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Amendment 4

Police can't just walk into your house search through your stuff and take it away. They have to get a search warrant and say where they want to search
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New Jersey v. T.L.O.

She believed that the school had acted illegally in searching her purse, and therefore the evidence against her should not have been allowed to be used against her in Court

Amendment 5

For a capital crime a grand jury has to see if there is enough evidence to charge you.
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Ashcraft vs. Tennessee

In this case officers had subjected the accused person to interrogation under very bright lights for a period of 36 hours. The Court judged that his confession was forced and not admissible

Amendment 6

If your charged with a crime your trial should be as soon as possible
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Gideon v. Wainwright

challenged the constitutionality of his conviction, as he had not been able to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment 7

You can have a jury settle civil cases involving a lot of money
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Tull v. United States

The district court denied Tull’s motion for a jury trial and entered judgment for US for $325,000. The court of appeals ratified the denial of a jury trial and the Supreme Court

Amendment 8

Your punishment should fit your crime
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powell v. texas

Leroy Powell, a Texas resident, had been repeatedly convicted of public intoxication. In December 1966, he was arrested and later appealed. However, the Court disagreed with his claim by stating that the sentence was made at a time when alcoholism was still not valid as a legal defense.

Amendment 9

Just because we made this list dosent mean these are the only rights you have
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harrell v. daniels

“parents must yield to a higher duty, i.e., that

which is best for all of the children, as well as those who have the

enormous responsibility of educating them.”1

Amendment 10

What if the constitution dosent give a certain power to something
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mccullough v. maryland

In the Supreme Court case McCullough v. Maryland (1819), Chief Justice John Marshall noted that the Tenth Amendment does not say “expressly delegated,” and therefore the federal government does have implied powers by virtue of the ones enumerated in Article I, Section 8