April 17

posted Apr 17, 2012, 4:53 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 5:50 AM ]
The First Amendment reads:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

So Congress cannot "abridge" (shorten, reduce, take away, prohibit, stop) people from saying or printing what they want, or from getting together in a peaceful way, or from asking government to "redress" (address, deal with) their "grievances" (complaints).

But what does this look like in actual practice. Today you'll have a chance to see what happens when those freedoms are challenged. 

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HOMEWORK:  We leave the First Amendment behind and move on to the Fourth:
"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 warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Read the pages shown and answer the questions that follow. Notice: it's a two-part assignment.

5. Due Process of Law (20.1) 517-520 &  Freedom & Security of Persons (20.2) 531-526.

Level 1

  1. due process (517)
  2. police power (519)
  3. probable cause (523)
  4. exclusionary rule (524)
Level 2
  1. What are the key differences between Procedural and Substantive Due Process? (518)
  2. What four areas may be the focus of a State’s legitimate police powers? (519)
  3. What is the basic question addressed by the 4th Amendment? (523)
  4. What are some areas that remain unresolved by courts when it comes to administering the ideas of the 4th amendment? (523-524)