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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…

May 1, 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 Co…

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 defendants’ local mores The Framers of the Bi…

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, government-paid lawyer? Most Americans today…

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 for declaring a right against self-incr…

June 19, 2018

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