Bill of Rights
Tyler Bollinger 12/18/14 Period 6
Bill 1: Freedom of Speech, Print, and Religion
You can say and print what you want without getting in trouble. You can also follow any religion of your choice.
Bill 1 Court Case: Texas v. Johnson
Freedom of speech isn't always peaceful. Flag burning was determined to be political speech, even though society thought it was offensive.
Bill 2:Right to Bear Arms
You have the right to carry weapons.
Bill 2 Court Case: Bliss v. Commonwealth
In 1822, Bliss v. Commonwealth, was the first major court ruling over the right to keep and Bear arms for personal use.
Bill 3: Quartering of Troops
Soldiers cant barge in on your home or property.
Bill 3 Court Case: Engblem v. Carey
New York State correction officers were on strike and were evicted from employee housing. Their homes were given to National Guardsmen.
Bill 4: Warrant Clause
To search your house, someone would need a warrant.
Bill 4 Court Case: Arizona v. Evans
The court found that even though a warrant was issued in error, based upon a mistake in an official database, the evidence should still be admissible.
Bill 5: Plead the Fifth
You don't have to answer questions, unless you are in a court.
Bill 5 Court Case: Bolling v. Sharpe
In a companion ruling, Bolling v. Sharpe, the court struck down racially segregated schools in Washington D.C. It involved substantive due process since it addresses the content of a law.
Bill 6:Right to a Fair Trial
Your trial should be fair to your convention and should happen as soon as possible.
Bill 6 Court Case: Pointer v. Texas
The Supreme Court overturned Pointer's conviction because his of rights had not been honored.
Bill 7: Rights and Civil Cases
You can have a jury settle cases involving a value of twenty dollars or more.
Bill 7 Court Case: Feltner v. Columbia Pictures
Supreme Court ruled, where there is to be an award of statutory damages in a a copyright case, if there is a right to demand a trial.
Bill 8: Fair Punishment
You should have a punishment fit to your crime.
Bill 8 Court Case: Robinson v. California
The court decided drug addiction was an illness and it was unfair for the plaintiff to be imprisoned simply for being ill.
Bill 9: Basic Rights
The government can change but never take away our unalienable rights.
Bill 9 Court Case: Griswald v. Connecticut
The plaintiffs fought for privacy in marriage, because marriage is a right that cannot be taken away.
Bill 10: State's Power
States have the power to do whatever the Constitution commands.