Bill of Rights Project

Chad Minnema

Mitchell vs Helms

The First Amendment states that everyone has the freedom of religion, speech, press, and petition the government.

The problem was that people that people did not like that they tax paying money was going to religious school. So they filed a lawsuit and it overturned the ruling in 1975 of that the government can´t do that. But now if a religious school get help some the government that same help must be given to the non religious school.

Reichle vs. Howards

The First Amendment states that everyone has the freedom of religion, speech, press, and petition the government.

Howards was overheard by Reichle talking on the phone asking how many kids were killed in Iraq that day.

It relates with the First Amendment because Howards is in the government and Reichle has the right to petition the government’s ways.

District of Columbia vs. Heller

The Second Amendment states that everyone has the right to bear arms.

The District of Columbia put laws in place that banned certain guns.


The Second Amendment protects your right to bear arms, so Heller was just fighting for her rights.

Fernandez vs. California

Monday, Nov. 16th, 9pm

Supreme Court

The Fourth Amendment states that nobody can be searched without a warrant.


California was going to people’s houses and asking every occupant of the house if they could search it even if the first ones asked said no.


It applies to the Fourth Amendment entirely. Fernandez along with many others think it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment to ask others after the first said no.

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Salinas vs. Texas

The Fifth Amendment states that the court systems should be fair.

The state of Texas forced Salinas to talk in a trial even though he is supposed to have the right to remain silent.

This is a violation of the Fifth Amendment in Salinas eyes, it isn’t by everyone though. This is a murder trial, so it’s very serious.


Miller vs. Louisiana

The Sixth Amendment states that everyone has the right to a quick, public trial.

Miller fought the current system in Louisiana. In the current system a case can be ended by a unaminous jury verdict.

Miller has much reason to fight the system. The system is under the Sixth Amendment, but has many flaws.


Roper vs. Simmons

The Eighth Amendment states that no cruel and unusual punishment can be used in the justice system.

Simmons was sentenced to death in 1993 at the age of 17. It was legal to sentence minors to the death penalty.

Simmons fought because he and his family thought that it was cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth Amendment.


Source

High Court Tackles Another 4th Amendment Case." ABA Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/high_court_tackles_another_4th_amendment_case/>.


Opinion), (Slip. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (n.d.): n. pag. Web.


"United States: Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court." Second Amendment. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2014. <http://www.loc.gov/law/help/second-amendment.php>.


"The Supreme Court Just Took Away Your Right to Remain Silent." Slate Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2014. <http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/06/salinas_v_texas_right_to_remain_silent_supreme_court_right_to_remain_silent.html>.


"Miller v. Louisiana (U.S. Sup. Ct.) | Constitutional Accountability Center."Miller v. Louisiana (U.S. Sup. Ct.) | Constitutional Accountability Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <http://theusconstitution.org/cases/miller-v-louisiana>.


"ROPER v. SIMMONS." Roper v. Simmons. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2004/2004_03_633/>.