|Cases for Case Briefing Assignment
Go to cases for the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th case briefing date. Some
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ender in lower case). Unless noted otherwise, all decisions linked here
are from the U.S. Supreme Court.
I: Key Classic Cases
Due in class, Thursday, October 2nd
v. Borden: Which was the official government of the State of Rhode Island in 1849?
v. Madison: Can the Supreme Court invalidate the laws of Congress (1803)?
v. Board of Ed: Is school segregation by race constitutional (1954)?
v. Wade: Can states criminalize abortion (1973)?
v. De Moines School District: Do public school students have the right to freedom of speech (1969)?
II: Crime and Responses to Crime
Due in class, Tuesday October 21 (section03)/Thursday, October 23 (section02)
Arizona: What are the rights of individuals in police custody (1966)?
Wainright: Are criminal defendants entitled to an attorney (1963)?
Louisiana: Can child rapists be executed (2008)?
Kemp: What evidence is required to prove that sentencing laws are racially discriminatory (1987)?
v. Ohio: Can evidence obtained through illegal searches be used in court (1961)?
III: Law and Inequality
Due in class, Thursday, November 2nd (section02)/Tuesday, November 4th (section03)
v. Bell: Can individuals who are supposed to be intellectually disabled be steralized against their will (1927)?
Ferguson: Is racial segregation constitutional (1896)?
Texas: Do individuals have a right to sexual privacy (2003)?
v. Thind: Are South Asians white and thus elligible for citizenship (1923)?
Virginia: Can military academies prohibit female students (1996)?
IV: Controversial Legal Issues
Due in class, Monday November 24 (section02)/Tuesday November 25 (section03)
vs. Heller: Can cities ban guns (2008)?
of Health: Do same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry (2003, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)?
EPA: Is the Environmental Protection Agency required to regulate greenhouse gasses (2007)?
US: Can Japanese Americans be placed in interment camps (1944)?
Johnson: Does flag burning count as protected free speech (1989)?