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The War on Drugs

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Contentious issues such as the death penalty, civil liberties, and reproductive rights touch on people's deeply held beliefs. Greenhaven Press's Issues on Trial series captures the passion and depth of those debates, examining how the courts have helped to shape each issue through their rulings. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and includes primary sources like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as secondary sources such as analyses and views of the rulings. Offering both historical...
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Overview

Contentious issues such as the death penalty, civil liberties, and reproductive rights touch on people's deeply held beliefs. Greenhaven Press's Issues on Trial series captures the passion and depth of those debates, examining how the courts have helped to shape each issue through their rulings. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and includes primary sources like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as secondary sources such as analyses and views of the rulings. Offering both historical and contemporary material, each Issues on Trial volume offers a wealth of information on issues currently confronting society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737743463
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/3/2009
  • Series: Issues on Trial Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Drug Testing of Government Employees Is Not Unconstitutional Case Overview: National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab (1989) 18

1 The Court's Decision: Routine Drug Testing Does Not Violate the Fourth Amendment Anthony M. Kennedy 21

2 Dissenting Opinion: Drug Testing Without Reason for Suspicion Is Not Justifiable Antonin Scalia 32

3 Mandatory Drug Screening Weakens the Protection of the Fourth Amendment George J. Annas 40

4 Court Justifications for Rulings in Drug Cases Are Often Largely Symbolic Douglas Husak Stanton Peele 50

Chapter 2 Civil Forfeiture and Criminal Punishment for the Same Offense Is Legal Case Overview: United States v. Ursery (1996) 62

1 The Court's Decision: Both Civil Forfeiture and Criminal Penalties Can Be Imposed for the Same Offense William Rehnquist 65

2 Concurring and Dissenting Opinion: It Is Wrong to Impose Civil Forfeiture of Minor Offenders' Homes John Paul Stevens 73

3 Civil Forfeiture Laws Are Not Fair and Have Not Reduced Drug Use Paul Craig Roberts 82

4 Civil Forfeiture Laws Can Take the Profit out of Crime William R. Schroeder 86

Chapter 3 Drug Testing of Participants in Extracurricular Activities Is Legal Case Overview: Pottawatomie v. Earls (2002) 96

1 The Court's Decision: Suspicionless Drug Testing Is a Reasonable Means of Deterring Drug Use Among Schoolchildren Clarence Thomas 99

2 Dissenting Opinion: Drug Testing the Student Population Least Likely to Take Drugs Is Unconstitutional Ruth Bader Ginsburg 109

3 The Government Has a Compelling Interest in Preventing the Spread of Drug Use in Schools Theodore B. Olson et al. 119

4 The StudentDrug-Testing Program Approved in Earls Is Not Fair Craig M. Bradley 126

5 The Supreme Court's Ruling in Earls Teaches the Wrong Lesson to Students Richard Glen Boire 132

Chapter 4 The Federal Government Can Prohibit Medical Use of Marijuana Case Overview: Gonzales v. Raich (2005) 138

1 The Court's Decision: Congress Has the Power to Regulate Drugs Despite State Laws John Paul Stevens 141

2 Dissenting Opinion: The Constitution Leaves Protection of Citizens' Health up to the States Sandra Day O'Connor 152

3 Gonzales v. Raich Is Less About Drugs than About Limits to Federal Power Jonathan H. Adler 164

4 Any Change in Drug Policy Should Be Made by Congress, Not the Courts Timothy J. Dowling 170

5 The Battle Between Federal and State Governments over Medical Marijuana Is Not Over Susan Okie 17501 Organizations to Contact 18301 For Further Research 18901 Index 195

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