Culture War and The Supreme Court
Four Supreme Court Cases
While searching Mapp's house, police officers discovered obscene materials and arrested her. Because the police officers never produced a search warrant, she argued that the materials should be suppressed as the fruits of an illegal search and seizure.
2.Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)Gideon was accused of committing a felony. Being indigent, he petitioned the judge to provide him with an attorney free of charge. The judge denied his request. The Supreme Court ruled for Gideon, saying that the Sixth Amendment requires indigent criminal defendants to be provided an attorney free of charge.
3.Texas v. Johnson (1989)To protest the policies of the Reagan administration, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag outside of the Dallas City Hall. He was arrested for this act, but argued that it was symbolic speech. The Supreme Court agreed, ruling that symbolic speech is constitutionally protected even when it is offensive.
4.Miranda v. Arizona (1966)After hours of police interrogations, Ernesto Miranda confessed to rape and kidnapping. At trial, he sought to suppress his confession, stating that he was not advised of his rights to counsel and to remain silent. The Supreme Court agreed, holding that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning
Two most likely Vacancies on Court during 2016 election
2. Anthony Kennedy, is the second oldest of the judges (also 78), and has served the second most years of all of the judges. He is a swing vote meaning that he can vote either Liberal or Conservative. He was nominated like Salia by President Reagan. The reason for his being on my list of the two most likely vacancies, is the same as Antonins. They simply have both been in the courts for a very long time.