Bill of Rights

By. Kylie Newman

What is the Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments in the constitution that list specific restrictions on governmental power.

First Amendment: The freedom of speech, religion, and press

People had the freedom to worship how they wanted, say and write what the wanted, and complain about the government.


Court case: Ramos v. Town of Vernon


In 2003 the town or Vernon, Connecticut declared a curfew to decrease crime. Curfew was declared unconstitutional. The town argued that it was to help public safety but failed to prove crimes being an issue during curfew hours.

Second Amendment: Right to bear arms

If the government needs you to, you can become a drafted soldier, you have the right to protect yourself by owning a gun.


Court Case: District of Columbia v. Heller


In June 2008, the US supreme court stepped into the case, District of Columbia v. Heller, Supreme court ruled that people could keep guns for self defense. Five justices ruled in favor of the man who kept a gun at his house, four voted against.

Third Amendment: The right to privacy in your home

Soldiers cannot force you to let them stay in your home, or take care of them, that is the governments job.


Court Case: Nevada Man


Henderson claimed that his third amendment rights were violated because the police "forcibly entered" his home for a "tactical advantage" but it was not clear to the court that police would count as "soldiers".

Fourth Amendment: Unreasonable Search and Seizure

Police cant barge into your house and start searching through your stuff unless they have a search warrent that is appointed by a judge.


Court Case: Boyd v. United States


EA Boyd company had been contracted by the government to provide glass for glass buildings. Boyd offered discount in exchange for the government not to make him pay taxes on the raw glass that he imported: the government found out that he was importing more glass than he was supposed to and it was very illegal.

Fifth Amendment: Double Jepardy, Self incrimination, process of law

The government can take away your rights without a fair trial, a grand jury tries you for evidence to "convict" you , then they can take away your rights.


Court Case: Baron v. Baltimore


The city of Baltimore didn't have to pay for damages done to private property during construction. Decision bared on the reason that the board didn't exceed the states rules.

Sixth Amendment : Rights of the accused in criminal cases

You have the right to a trial in public, judged by the public, you have the right to a lawyer, and the right to tell your side of the story.


Cout Case: Barker v. Wingo


Brought to supreme court in 1972, court ruled Barkers right to a speedy trial wasnt violated, he demand his rights until seven years later. Justices concluded that a set amout of time couldnt be applied to the term "speedy".

Seventh Amendment: Right to a trial by jury

Once a case is decided by a grand jury, you cant be tried again in another court. Everyone has the right to have one trial.


Court Case: Tull v. United States


The United States filed a civil suit against Tull for getting rid of trash in the wetlands, this

violates the clean water act. He had $22 millon dollars in fines.The district court denied Tull’s motion for a jury trial and entered judgment the court of appeals affirmed the denial of a jury trial and the Supreme Court granted cert. Cases in which the Seventh Amendment preserves the right to a trial by jury.

Eighth Amendment: Preventing cruel and unusual punishment

The crime should determine the severity of your punishment . You shoudnt be ounished in a cruel or unusual way, meaning your crime should match up with your punishment.


Court Case: Gregg v. Georgia


Gregg, who was convicted for murder in georgia, reviewed ahis death penalty as unnessisary, but with a 7-2 vote, supreme court ruled that this punishment was not cruel or unusual.

Ninth Amendment: Rights retained by the people

The government has no right to take away your natural rights unless they have a good reason.


Court Case: Roe v. Wade


Abortion was illegal by the late 1960's, Norma Mcorvey had a baby then another one that she couldnt support. Her case was high profile so to be protected , she was named Jane Roe. Supreme court argued that Roes right to privacy should be granted, but it had been violated since the government was making her decisions.

Tenth Amendment: Limiting Federal Powers

As long as the constitution specificaly states that the States of the united states have no power do do something, they have the power to do it.


Court Case:Hammer v. Dagenhart


1918, child labor was being used and was unconstitutional, keating and owen helped pass the child labor act of 1916. The act would not allow children too young to work to many hours. The spreme court ruled in favor (5-4) to prohibet child labor.