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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Lesson 13: Wiretapping

In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled that a telephone caller has a right to expect privacy The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution provides that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no […]

May 15, 2018

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Lesson 12: Searches and Seizures

In the 1961 case of Mapp v. Ohio, by a 6-3 margin, the Supreme Court endorsed the principle that the Fourth Amendment applied to states as well as the federal government The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution provides that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, […]

May 8, 2018

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Lesson 11: Freedom of the Press (Part II)

Harm to national interests has been outweighed by the need to preserve freedom of the press “Congress shall make no law,” reads the First Amendment to the Constitution, “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” The “main purpose” of this clause, wrote Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1907, […]

May 1, 2018

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Lesson 10: Can Appointees Be Removed from Office by the President?

Americans unacquainted with the Constitution may be surprised to learn that Article I, by far the longest part of the original document, is about Congress. The president is not treated until Article II. Its first words are stark: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United […]

May 1, 2018

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