Contemporary Supreme Court Cases

Contemporary Supreme Court Cases

by Donald Lively, Russell L. Weaver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313335141

ISBN-13: 9780313335143

Pub. Date: 08/30/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Through the examination of these cases, the authors provide readers with an understanding of the significant role that the Supreme Court performs in shaping the boundaries of governmental power and contours of individual rights and liberties. The review of these modern decisions is provided against a historical backdrop that affords perspective and enriched context

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Through the examination of these cases, the authors provide readers with an understanding of the significant role that the Supreme Court performs in shaping the boundaries of governmental power and contours of individual rights and liberties. The review of these modern decisions is provided against a historical backdrop that affords perspective and enriched context. Selection of the landmark decision (Roe v. Wade) as a departure point makes the book particularly useful in understanding the Court's impact upon contemporary American society. Given the controversial nature of this decision, which recognized a woman's liberty to elect an abortion, it also serves as a portal for examining the points and counterpoints with respect to the Court's function. Treadlines during this period profile a Court that grew increasingly cautious in charting constitutional rights and liberties and equality principles and less amenable to unbridled expansion of federal power. Through processes of review that limit protected speech or reflect less concern when speech is burdened by regulation that is not content-based or does not target expression directly, for instance, the Court has imposed significant curbs upon the First Amendment.

Overall, the Supreme Court has become increasingly assertive in reviewing congressional power to regulate in areas that fall within the historical province of the states. This work engenders an appreciation for how constitutional power, rights, and liberties are not a constant over time but works in progress that are subject to the ebb and flow of judicial philosophy. Written for a general audience and particularly accessible for non-law school students and non-lawyers, fact and summary boxes provide quick insight and understanding of cases. Entries include Craig v. Boren (1976), Illinois v. Gates (1983), Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha (1983), Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union (1992), United States v. Virginia (1996), Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), Lawrence v. Texas (2003), Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004), and many others. In addition, a glossary defines key terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313335143
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2006
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

ISeparation and distribution of powers
1The power of judicial review3
2The power of the president6
3The power of Congress15
IIPower to regulate or affect the economy
4Federal power21
5State power25
6Federal preemption of state power28
7Privileges and immunities31
IIIEquality concepts
8Race37
9Gender59
10Fundamental rights65
IVIndividual rights and liberties
11First amendment : freedom of speech (content regulation)75
12First amendment : freedom of speech (content neutral regulation)108
13First amendment : freedom of association125
14First amendment : freedom of the press129
15First amendment : freedom of religion155
16Fourth amendment : search and seizure180
17Due process : confessions and entrapment198
18Fifth amendment : takings205
19Sixth amendment : right to counsel210
20Fourteenth amendment : right of privacy216
AppThe constitution of the United States235

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