Bill of Rights
By Alyssia Tadic, US History, 7th period. 12/17/14
You're allowed to say, write, or worship anything you want. The government isn't allowed to say anything about it.
Court Case: Supreme Court Rules to Protect Written Profanity
Court Case Summary: A person in 1968 wore a coat with profanity against Draft and was taken to court.
Authorities (anyone, really) aren't allowed to barge in and take over your property.
Court Case: Nevada Man Says the 3rd Amendment was violated
Court Case Summary: Homeowner said police forcibly entered to gain a "tactical advantage" in resolving a domestic violence incident next door.
Authorities need a search warrant to be able to look through your property and/or confiscate it.
Court Case: John Wilkes
Court Case Summary: John Wilkes had papers against the king that were found while officials were searching him and his house. Along with that, the officials confiscated the papers.
You can't go to court twice for a capital crime (A serious crime, usually involving murder). This amendment also gives you the right to choose not to answer questions during your trial.
Court Case: Salinas V. Texas
Court Case Summary: 2 brother were shot in Houston. There were no witnesses, but only shotgun shell casings as evidence. Salinas was a prime suspect, especially when he refused to talk after officials found his gun.
Your trial should happen ASAP. You shouldn't just stay in jail and wait to be tried when there's a chance you are innocent. Also, your trial must be in public. You can have a lawyer (The government may provide you with one) and a witness. You are allowed to tell your side of the story.
Court Case: Barker V. Wingo
Court Case Summary: In 1958, an elderly couple was killed. One of the suspects was Willie Barker. Manning, another suspect, was tried six times. In 1963, after Manning was found guilty, the Commonwealth moved Barker’s trial. Barker believed that his right to a speedy trial had been violated.
You can have the jury settle civil cases that involve a lot of money. Once the case is decided, it can't be brought up again (Even in other courts).
Court Case: Tull V. US
Court Case Summary: The Federal Government sued a real estate developer for a violation of the Clean Water Act, a law allowing the Government to recover civil penalties and request injunctions. The Petitioner, Tull, asked for a jury trial on the civil penalties issue and was denied. Government sought $22,890,00 in civil penalties.
The punishment must fit the crime. If you are caught for stealing, for example, you cannot be punished with death, as it is too extreme.
Court Case: Waters-Pierce V. Crane
Court Case Summary: The Waters-Pierce Oil Co. was charged by Martin M. Crane for breaking the Texas antitrust law. Crane stated Waters-Pierce violated the Standard Oil of New Jersey trust agreement. The company was sentenced to a penalty of revocation of the company's charter and cancellation of its permit to do business in Texas, along with a fine of over $1.6 million dollars. In the 1900's, the U.S Supreme Court upheld the state courts' rulings. However, Water-Pierce declared in their counter suit that the large fine violated the eighth amendment.
If the Constitution doesn't specifically give a certain power to do something, the states automatically have that power.
Court Case: McCulloch V. Maryland
Court Case Summary: The Court ruled that the federal government had the power to create a national bank. It held that the creation of a bank was an implied power under Article I, section 8. Chief Justice John Marshall pointed out that while the word “bank” did not appear in Congress’s powers, the creation of a bank was a means of executing its listed powers.