Culture War and Supreme Court

By: Harmony Noel

Synopsis

The "Culture War" within the U.S. Is kind of ridiculous. The fact that we always have to be in competition with each other, and find little differences to fight with people over is just ridiculous. It causes it's own set of problems.

Supreme Court Cases

Miranda vs. Arizona- 1966

The Issue:

Ernesto Miranda confessed to tape and kidnapping after hours of interrogation, but at trial, stated that he was not aware of his right to remain silent. He got everything thrown out because of a technicality.

The Rights Involved:

Right to remain silent

Impact- Liberal/Conservative??:

It protected the rights of citizens and made it near to impossible to just arrest people and force confessions out of them;Liberal

Historical Significance:

Made police go through the act of telling you your Miranda rights as they handcuff you. It changed the whole way that police do things.

Griswold vs. Connecticut- 1965

The Issue:

A Connecticut law criminalizing the use of contraceptives violating the right of marital privacy.

The Rights Involved:

Violated the right to marital privacy.

Impact- Liberal/Conservative??:

It opened the gates of people trying to get this law dismissed; Liberal

Historical Significance:

Brought a lot of people forward to eradicate this law and brought people together on this subject.

Estes vs. Texas- 1965

The Issue:

Billy Estes was in for fraud and the pre-trial publicity was so bad that everyone had already heard his case and already had a preformed idea/opinion of him. He said that it hurt his chances of getting out.

The Rights Involved:

The right to free trial.

Impact- Liberal/Conservative??:

The prosecution could no longer release a lot of details about a case; Liberal

Historical Significance:

Jury selection is done differently now.

Lawrence vs. Texas- 2003

The Issue:

Texas law classifying consensual, adult homosexual intercourse as illegal sodomy violated the privacy and liberty of adults to engage in private intimate conduct under the 14th Amendment.

The Rights Involved:

Privacy and liberty of adults.

Impact- Liberal/Conservative??:

It brought along a lot of other cases just like it; Liberal

Historical Significance:

It made a lot of people upset that the court would just disregard their rights as human beings.

Vacancies on the Court after 2016 Election

  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Without her the Court will become every conservative, because she is extremely liberal.
  • Anthony Kennedy: He would probably be replaced with another moderate liberal, or with a conservative making the court conservative.