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Important Court Cases

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1. Prohibited state-sponsored recitation of prayer in public schools






2. Halt to all death penalty punishments in nation until a less arbitrary method of sentencing was found






3. Students don't 'shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door -' Iowa students suspended for wearing armbands to protest Vietnam war






4. Mandated 21-year-old drinking age (if you don't feds will take away all federal highway funds






5. Invalidated 1989 Flag Protection Act






6. State prohibition of consensual sodomy in private is unreasonable invasion of privacy






7. Peaceable assembly for lawful discussion cannot be made a crime - selectively incorporated right to lawful assembly to all state governments






8. Race cannot be sole or predominant factor in redrawing legislative district boundaries (1982 VRA wants them to do that - though)






9. States not allowed to prevent or punish inflammatory speech unless it will lead to imminent lawless action






10. Florida recount in 2000 election was a violation of fourteenth amendment's equal protection clause






11. BSA could expel any homosexual member they wanted because of first amendment right of expressive association






12. Not libel when they thought it was true at the time of printing






13. State govs must provide counsel in cases involving the death penalty to those who can't afford it






14. Selectively incorporates freedom of the press - prevents prior restraint -state injunctions to prevent publication unconstitutional






15. Giving money to political campaign = free speech - so wealthy people can now spend as much of their own money as they want if they choose to run for federal office






16. Overruled Powell - state govs do not have to provide lawyers to indigent defendants in capital cases






17. Forbids state-mandated bible reading






18. Federal wiretaps of phone conversation is constitutional






19. Parents may remove children from public school for religious reasons






20. Executive efforts to prevent publication forbidden (Ellsburg & Vietnam)






21. Libel and obscenity not protected by first amendment - so three-part obscenity test established






22. States did not have power to tax the national bank - reinforces supremacy clause






23. Protesters have substantially fewer assembly rights in malls and other private establishments






24. First time court overturned state law on constitutional grounds.






25. Ordered house districts to be near as equal as possible - enshrined principal of 'one man - one vote.'






26. African Americans denied right to vote in primaries = violate fifteenth amendment






27. Race-based affirmative action was permissible so long as it was in the service of creating greater diversity






28. FCRA mandated that places of public accommodation are prohibited from discrimination against blacks






29. Prohibited states from banning teaching of evolution in public schools






30. Intentional infliction of emotional distress was permissible First Amendment speech as long as it was about a public official - and no one would actually think it was fact






31. Established exclusionary rule






32. Confessions given immediately before rights are given means the confession is still admissible






33. Overturned Olmstead - warrants were required to listen in on phone conversation






34. All state governments must provide an attorney in all cases for those who can't afford one - powerful repudiation of Betts v Brady






35. Cross burning = 'fighting words' = unconstitutional






36. You can burn the flag






37. Separate is not equal






38. Helped states to engage in eminent domain - said that fifth amendment right to take private property for public use is legal for states without eminent domain






39. School district can suspend students for lewd or indecent speech






40. NC makes mandatory punishment for certain crimes - deemed unconstitutional






41. States can regulate abortion but not with regulations that impose an 'undue burden' on women






42. Strikes by labor unions are constitutional






43. Any defendant who asked for a lawyer had to have one granted to him - or any confession after that point is inadmissible






44. Separate but equal for races






45. Extended exclusionary rule to the states






46. Right to privacy






47. NY could not grant steamship company monopoly - increased federal power over interstate commerce






48. All defendants must be informed of legal rights before they are arrested






49. Court rebuffed an attempt by state of New Hampshire to take control of Dartmouth by holding that Dartmouth's corporate charter was qualified as a contract between private parties






50. Banned presidential use of a line=item veto as a violation of legislative powers.