Constitutional Rights Essays

  • Affirmative Action Violates Constitutional Rights

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    Affirmative Action Violates Constitutional Rights In 2003, the United States Supreme Court will hear two affirmative action cases. Each is dealing with the actions of the admissions office of the University of Michigan. The cases, Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, have been called "this generation's Brown v. Board of Education." (Montoya.) These cases have much hanging in their mists, "The outcome of … affirmative action cases will determine whether our society moves forward towards

  • Constitutional Rights of Worship

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    Introduction In her obiter dicta of Kruger v Commonwealth, Gaudron J (in dissent) made an interesting argument concerning constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion (s. 116). She said that the Commonwealth can infringe on these guarantees in order to perform a needful government action. Gaudron stated this in reference to section 116 of the Constitution and in context of the Stolen Generations. Gaudron reveals an interesting trend in the Commonwealth today showing a disregard towards religious

  • Freedom of Speech: A Global Constitutional Right

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    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). This quote means that everyone should have freedom of speech. I agree with this statement. This is a constitutional principle that we need to change around the world in freedom of speech. Our constitution is based off of freedom of speech. If someone speaks out about something, the chances are that another person around the world feels the same way. Freedom of speech is an important issue around

  • Code of Ethics

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    enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice. I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and to be constantly mindful of the welfare

  • Abraham Lincoln's Abuse of Power

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    power regarding civil rights. He did things like institute an unfair draft, suspend Constitutional rights, allocate military spending without Congress, and institute emancipation. Although some may justify these actions, they stomped on the Constitution. Lincoln found powers in the constitutional clause making him "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states." He said that because of this clause, he had the right to use any means necessary

  • DBQ 1820s 1830s

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    vetoed a bill to recharter the Bank of the United States of America, infringed on the rights of Native Americans, used “brute” force to bring Southerners under submission during the Tariff of 1832. He enacted the Spoils System which did not guarantee the best leadership, and was morally corrupt. Although the nation’s economy and political democracy flourished during the reign of President Jackson, constitutional rights, equal opportunity and individual liberties were discouraged. In her 1834 visit to

  • Censorship Will Destroy the Internet

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    lobbying by CompuServe, America On-Line, and other large internet services, those portions of the bill were stricken. Even in its weakened form, though, Senate bill 314 poses a significant threat to the continued growth of the internet and to constitutional rights. Perhaps the first problem with the law is that it is completely unnecessary, and its authorship clearly indicates that its authors are unfamiliar with the nature of the internet. Pornography on the internet is accessible, but only to those

  • Constitutional Bill Of Rights In Australia

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    Whether the adoption of a constitutional Bill of Rights promotes freedom and liberty is a highly debated topic. I agree that Australians should avoid the immediate adoption of a constitutional Bill of Rights as it gives the judiciary too much power. This essay will explore the advantages and disadvantages in implementing a constitutional Bill of Rights and whether implementing a Bill of Rights will shift the balance of the government and courts and what those consequences will be. This essay will

  • Gary Nash

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    the American Revolution was not caused by the defense of constitutional rights and liberties, but that of “material conditions of life in America” were not very favorable and that social and economic factors should be considered as the driving factor that pushed many colonists to revolt. The popular ideology which can be defined as resonating “most strongly within the middle and lower strata of society and went far beyond constitutional rights to a discussion of the proper distribution of wealth and

  • Curfews: What's the Point?

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    within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws" (Legal). However, many cities and states in the US currently enforce curfew laws that deny young teens under the age of 18 their right to be in public places or to drive after certain hours. These laws are punishing minors for exercising their constitutional rights in the same way that adults do without such punishment; they are mostly causing no harm, and do not deserve to be discriminated against by the government in the way they are. Many

  • Tennessee v. Garner 1985

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    Name:     Tennessee v. Garner Citation:     No. 83-1035, 83-1070 (1985) Facts:          On October 3, 1974, Memphis Police Officers Hymon and Wright were dispatched to answer a “prowler inside call.” When the police arrived at the scene, a neighbor gestured to the house where she had heard glass breaking and that someone was breaking into the house. While one of the officer radioed that they were on the scene, the other officer went to the rear of the house hearing a door slam and saw someone

  • james madison

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    branch should not be too dependent on the members of the other two branches in the determination of their salaries. The best security against a gradual concentration of power in any one branch is to provide constitutional safeguards that would make such concentration difficult. The constitutional rights of all must check one man's personal interests and ambitions. We may not like to admit that men abuse power, but the very need for government itself proves they do, "if men were angels, no government would


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    Miranda Warnings You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during police questioning, if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you by the state. These words have preceded every arrest since Miranda v. Arizona 1966, informing every detained person of his rights before any type of formal police questioning begins. This issue has been a hot topic

  • Modern Interpretation of The First Amendment

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    or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”[1] Our fore fathers felt that this statement was plain enough for all to understand, however quite often the United States government deems it necessary to make laws to better define those rights that are stated in the Constitution. Today the framers would be both encouraged and discouraged by

  • Argumentative Essay: Guns Save Lives

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    The NRA argues that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to own and carry guns. They are concerned that federal regulations will continue to increase until owning a handgun will be difficult to achieve, infringing on their Constitutional rights. They also argue that if law-abiding citizens have guns, they are safer from criminals, bringing crime rates down. Con 1 Freedom has a price. For free speech the price is political dissent like flag burning

  • American Democracy

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    judiciary branch has no supremacy over the others. This was designed to prevent any branch, from infringing individual liberties safeguarded by the Constitution. Our constitutional rights are very important. Without these rights, the United States would not be any different from other places of the world that do not have as many rights. Our rights secure our liberties and ensure justice for all. I believe the Constitution was such a great document necessary for achieving American Democracy. This document

  • Pornography and Legislation

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    put a stop to this? The law officials are trying to restate some of the laws that refer to the pornographic field, but it has become a great deal of struggling. The struggle is due to the avoidance of the invading each of the individual's constitutional rights granted to them, that is the freedom of speech and press. This topic has been hard to do research on because it is a really complicated subject to understand. This topic has really been neglected in the past so it is now come to overpower the

  • Roe v Wade

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    the procedure done, she decided that she could not afford to travel to another state to receive the procedure. Norma McCorvey decided that she would sue the state of Texas, claiming that her constitutional rights were being taken from her. She then changed her name to the pseudonym “Jane Roe” to protect her right of privacy. The district court found that Roe did have grounds to file the suit against the state of Texas. They ruled on the grounds that the abortion laws in Texas infringed on the first

  • Prayer At Public School Athletic Events

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    Get a Moment of- -Silence Here?- If public schools are just that, public, then why is the issue of prayer in school such a prominent and controversial debate especially when most of the public wants prayer in school? The first amendment grants the right to free speech, yet everyday students are punished and ridiculed for their beliefs. Is this a fair system? Every person has his or her own rituals and for many students prayer is one of them. Agreeing with this matter is Andy Johnson, a current high

  • Internet Ethics: Issues that Push the Boundaries

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    ones"(Emmans, 2000, p.25). The internet is a world that seems to meet every type of person's needs, wants, and expectations. Therefore, defining a set of ethics and then regulating the content of the web based on it would inevitably violate someone's constitutional rights. A few of the most ethically and morally scrutinized areas of the internet have been the use of the web to display/sell pornography, to present false information or identities, and to provide data and files suspected of enabling and promoting