Civil Liberties Rights And Supreme Cases
The chart below lists individual rights of Americans. Note: this list is NOT exhaustive.
Select ONE of the rights and corresponding cases from the list below. Follow the link for case of your choice in the righthand column to learn more about it. Then find the rest of the instructions under the chart.
(Annotations from Senate.gov website)
Location in Constitution
Real World Case
Establishes religious freedom by prohibiting the establishment of an official or exclusive church or sect.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/supreme-court-sides-with-christian-baker-who-denied-cake-to-same-sex-couple (Links to an external site.)
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Free speech and free press are protected, although they can be limited for reasons of defamation, obscenity, and certain forms of state censorship, especially during wartime.
Snyder v. Phelps
Protesting at military funerals (Links to an external site.)
The freedom of assembly and petition also covers marching, picketing and pamphleteering.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/supreme-court-voids-35-foot-abortion-clinic-buffer (Links to an external site.)
McCullen v. Coakley
Protects an individuals’ right to possess firearms unconnected to any service in a militia.
https://video.kqed.org/video/supreme-court-enforces-ban-on-straw-purchase-of-guns-1410213834/ (Links to an external site.)
Abramski v. United States
Applying to arrests and to searches of persons, homes, and other private places, this amendment requires a warrant, thereby placing a neutral party between the police and the citizen.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-the-supreme-courts-cellphone-location-data-ruling-could-mean-for-your-digital-privacy (Links to an external site.)
Carpenter v. United States
When the government seizes property to use in the public interest, it must pay the owner fair value.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/supreme-court-seems-divided-property-rights-dispute (Links to an external site.)
Murr v. Wisconsin
Neither bail nor punishment for a crime are to be unreasonably severe.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/law-jan-june05-death_penalty_03-01 (Links to an external site.)
Roper v. Simmons
Establishes that all citizens are entitled to “equal protection of the laws.”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/must-employers-make-special-considerations-pregnant-workers (Links to an external site.)
Young v. United Parcel Service
Now search for the actual record of this Supreme Court Case at https://www.oyez.org (Links to an external site.)
1. Find and submit this information:
a. Title of the case
b. Date of the case
c. Petitioner and Respondent
d. The outcome of the case
e.Do you agree or disagree with the outcome of the case? Explain your answer.
2. Search Oyez or google/search engine to find another SC case that also interprets a similar constitutional question. Briefly summarize that case, and say whether you believe there is a clear precedent established regarding cases having to do with this right or section of the Constitution.
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