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Supreme Court and cases

What elements are essential to creating a thorough case analysis? How does each element help the Supreme Court justices focus on the information that is most relevant to the case?

Lawyer Case Study: NASA

Suppose you live in a town where a NASA development is trying to come in and "take" (in exchange for just compensation) several residences in order to build a new facility that will create 500 jobs and bring in countless visitors each year. Over the past 25 years, the town has been on the down slope after losing a major tourist

Analysis of capital punishment: pros and cons

Discuss Capital Punishment and answer the following questions: -How it relates to amendment #8 Bail, cruel and usual punishment ? -How it relates to religion or religious view? -How is it inhumane? -What are some pro's and con's? -What case laws relate to it?

U.S. Bill of Rights

As an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, discuss your opinion for the Court based on the following facts: James Smith was arrested for burglarizing his next door neighbor's apartment in the state of California. And without the benefit of a warrant, the neighbor, who is a friend of Mr. Smith, forced open the front door

Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southern PA v. Casey

Read the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the following cases: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southern PA v. Casey Discuss the following question: What specific language in the U.S. Supreme Court decision may have contributed to the ongoing debate to overrule Roe v. Wade? Include the following: Main points of the U.

U.S. Constitution

Part I Read the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the following cases: Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986) Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) Part II What societal factors may have

Formation of the U.S. Constitution is analyzed.

Federalism is the structure where two or more levels of government operate alongside each other with some autonomy, although they have overlapping jurisdiction and specific functions. During the formation of the U.S. Constitution, there were federalist and anti-federalist arguments being made. Explain the concept of federalism;


Daniel, a recent college graduate, is on the his way home for Christmas from his new job. He gets caught in a snowstorm and is taken in by an elderly couple who provide him with food and shelter. After the snowplows have cleared in the road. Daniel proceeds home. Daniel's father, Fred, is most appreciative of the elderly coupl

Trial by jury

Provide a detailed synopsis of the following term: The Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury

An assessment of the 8th amendment

What are the main provisions of the 8th Amendment? Explain both sides of the debate pertaining to cruel and unusual punishment and the related constitutional issues. Is ethics involved in this debate? If so, how?

death penalty deter crime

Please help answer the following question. Please include references. In what ways does the death penalty not deter crime?

Larry Podder or Harry Potter?

Disclaimer: This is a fictional story. It did not happen.. You are a newly promoted supervisor for Playing with God, a company that makes computer games for a Christian bookstore. One of the directors on the corporate board is Jon Bakker, a long lost nephew of TV evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye. Jon's son, Larry Bakker, is a m

The power to place a lien

In 1979, Paul and John Reardon purchased 16 acres of land located next to a manufacturing plant in Massachusetts. In 1983, a state environmental agency, responding to a citizen's report, tested soil samples from both properties and discovered extremely high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the plant site and on the


Would congress be able to pass a law banning late-term abortions? Why? How would the justices each decide if it's constitutionality were called into question?

The death penalty is briefly discussed.

The US Supreme Court has often dealt with the question of whether the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, sometimes seeming to hold that it is cruel and unusual punishment and sometimes seeming to hold that particular ways of administering the death penalty are cruel and unusual. Where does the law currently stand

Search and Seizure Under the Fourth Amendment

The courts have dealt with the issues of search and seizure often, and the law concerning search and seizure is often confusing. Is the exclusion of evidence that is obtained through an improper search the appropriate response to an improper search or is there a better way to deal with such situations?

The Right to Die

What limitations has the US Supreme Court put on the right to die? Does government have a legitimate interest in becoming involved in an issue as personal as the right to die?

Kelo vs. City of New London summary

The case of Kelo vs. City of New London recently gave the US Supreme Court the opportunity to deal with the main issues involved in the exercise of the power of eminent domain. What were the main issues that the court dealt with in that case? How did the court resolve the issue?

Due process overview

What standards does the US Supreme Court use when it reviews a law for substantive due process violations? What kinds of laws have been found to violate substantive due process?

Affirmative Action

Is Affirmative Action allowable discrimination? Putting aside the question of how effective affirmative action is, is it logical for government to sanction some discrimination and prohibit other discrimination?

Congress' power to enact civil rights legislation.

Where does Congress get the power to enact civil rights legislation? If that right is not specifically enumerated in the constitution, how can we know that protection of civil rights, specifically the prohibition against discrimination, was intended by the framers of the Constitution?