The Bill Of Rights

Coach Williams, History, 5th Period

By: David Duong

What Are The Bill Of Rights

What Are The Bill Of Rights:

The Bill of Rights lists the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These list the rights that belong to all Americans. It protects U.S. citizens.

The First Amendment: Freedom Of Speech, The Press, And Religion

The First Amendment: Freedom Of Speech, The Press, And Religion:


What It Means To Me:

The government can't stop you from worshiping your religion. You are also allowed to write or speak about what you want without the government stopping you.


Court Case: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:

The 2010 court ruled that the government couldn't make laws that limits the spending by corporation in political campaigns.

The Second Amendment: The Right To Bear Arms

The Second Amendment: The Right To Bear Arms:


What It Means To Me:

The government can't stop U.S. citizens from owning guns.


Court Case: Bliss v. Commonwealth:

The 1822 case was the 1st major court ruling dealing with bearing arms. Bliss was fined $100 for owning a weapon.

The Third Amendment: The Right To Privacy In The Home

The Third Amendment: The Right To Privacy In The Home:


What It Means To Me:

A soldier can't go into your house and demand you to let them sleep and eat there.


Court Case: Nevada Man Said That Rights Were Violated:

A man said that the police raided a man's house, and shot the man, killing him.

The Forth Amendment: Unreasonable Search And Seizure

The Forth Amendment: Unreasonable Search And Seizure:


What It Means To Me:

A police must have a warrant to search your house. They must have a good reason to go in, and must say what they're searching for.


Court Case: Coolidge v. New Hampshire:

The General of New Hampshire wanted a warrant for searching a murder scene.

The Fifth Amendment: Double Jeopardy, Self Incrimination, And Due Process Law

The Fifth Amendment: Double Jeopardy, Self Incrimination, And Due Process Law:


What It Means To Me:

The jury can't take away anything from you without a fair trial first. They must have enough evidence first to charge you.


Court Case: Hurtado v. California:

Hurtado said he hasn't been indicted by the grand jury.

The Sixth Amendment: The Rights Of The Accused In Criminal Cases

The Sixth Amendment: The Rights Of The Accused In Criminal Cases:


What It Means To Me:

Once charged with crime, you must have a trial as soon as possible, and in public. You're able to tell your side of the story, and you can have a lawyer and a witness.


Court Case: Johnson v. Zerbst:

Johnson was accused of having fake money, but he couldn't hire an attorney.

The Seventh Amendment: The Right To A Trial Jury

The Seventh Amendment: The Right To A Trial Jury:


What It Means To Me:

A jury can have civil cases involving lots of money. After the case, it can't be brought up in another court.


Court Case: U.S. v. Tull:

Tull was sued by the U.S. for discharging fill material in the wetlands. Tull wanted to trial jury, but was denied.

The Eighth Amendment: Preventing Cruel And Unusual Punishment

The Eighth Amendment: Preventing Cruel And Unusual Punishment:


What it Means To Me:

The government can't punish you in a cruel way. Also, your punishment should match your crime.


Court Case: Gregg v. Georgia

Gregg murdered 5 people. They put the death penalty on him. Since he murdered 5 people, it wasn't cruel or unusual.

The Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained By The People

The Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained By The People:


What It Means To Me:

Government can't take rights away from the people, even if it isn't listed in the Bill Of Rights.


Court Case: Roe v. Wade:

Roe was tried for child abortion. Her defendants said her rights to privacy was protected by the 9th amendment.

The Tenth Amendment: Limiting Federal Powers

The Tenth Amendment: Limiting Federal Powers:


What It Means To Me:

You can do what you want, unless listed in the Constitution.


Court Case: Printz v. U.S.

Bill Clinton put out a handgun act, so guns would not be sold to people considering to be a threat to public safety.

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