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Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone teaches the history of American government in videos and weekly articles.


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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 gov…

May 8, 2018

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Lesson 14: Trial by Jury

The framers feared a government that would subject citizens to criminal prosecutions in distant locales with juries unknowledgeable and unsympathetic to defendant…

June 5, 2018

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Lesson 15: Right to Counsel

States created public defender departments, which routinely represent criminal defendants Does an indigent criminal defendant have a right to an appointed, govern…

June 12, 2018

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Lesson 16: Grand Jury

In theory, a grand jury is still available as a check on the government’s power of prosecution The text of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, well known f…

June 19, 2018

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