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1. 1965 - state forbid the use of contraceptive between married couples. Supreme court overturned the decision.

2. Gave an expansion of free speech. Money for candidates is a form of free speech by 1st amendment. Early 1970s.

3. Wrote the final version of the Constitution.

4. Process that executive and independent agencies use to create - or promulgate - regulations.

5. Legal requirement that the state must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person.

6. Writer of the Declaration of Independence.

7. Term of Senate/House

8. A survey of the origins and development of the political system in the United States from the colonial days to modern times with an emphasis on the Constitution - various political structures such as the legislative - executive - and judicial branche

9. Attended the Constitutional Convention and recorded the debate proceedings. Also contributed to the Federalist Papers.

10. No excessive bail and no cruel/unusual punishment.

11. Congress because they're tied to the people.

12. An agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments.

13. Regulation issued by the president that has the effect and formal status of legislation.

14. Number of Supreme Court Justices

15. The civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment.

16. One of the authors of the Federalist papers.

17. In 1920 the 19th was ratified to give women the right to vote.

18. Allows the right to a legal representation in all felony cases.

19. What document was heavily influenced by Locke's philosophies?

20. A legal rule stating who is authorized to start a lawsuit.

21. (law) The right and power to interpret and apply the law.

22. % of votes to override a presidential veto

23. Not allowed.

24. The chief presiding officer of the HoR. The speaker is the most important party and House leader - can influence lefislative agenda - fate of individual pieces of legislation - and members positions with the House.

25. The effort to oversee or to supervise how the executive branch carries out legislation.

26. Federal employees are elected/hired based on merit.

27. A series of meetings to reform the Articles of Confederation convened in Philadelphia in 1787 in response to the economic and social disorder and the dangers of foreign intervention. The result was an entirely new plan of government - the Constitutio

28. A practice in which banks refure to make loans to people living in certain geographic locations.

29. Interstate Commerce Commission 1887. Created over railroad problems.

30. Let the decision stand; decisions are based on precedents from previous cases.

31. The 1803 case in which Chief Justice John Marshall and his associates first asserted the right of the Supreme Court to determine the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. The decision established the Court's power of judicial review over acts of Congress

32. Ability of courts to exclude evidence obtained in violation of the 4th amendment.

33. Address banking problems and Americas Central Bank.

34. First ten amendments to the US Constitution - ratified in 1971; ensure the rights and liberties to the people.

35. A rule that gov't action toward religion is permissible if it is secular in purpose. Separation of law and religion.

36. 1896 - required segregation of the reaces on trolleys and other public carriers. Louisiana.

37. The branch of the United States government that is responsible for carrying out the laws.

38. Most common job of Senators

39. Makes gov't have heavy burden of proof to regulate & restrict speech.

40. An inability to regulate interstate and foreign trade - lack of a chief executive and a national court system - and its rule that amendments must be approved by unanimous consent.

41. The delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government).

42. An adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case.

43. Gave equal right to black people covering voting - employment - public accommodation - and educations.

44. A Revolutionary War veteran who led a rebellion of farmers against tax collectors and the banks that were siezing their property.

45. Powers claimed by a president that are not expressed in the Constitution - but are inferred from it.

46. A case brought by someone to help him or her and all others who are similarly situated.

47. A governmental agency that regulates businesses in the public interest.

48. A claim by a victorious candidate that the electorate has given him or her special authority to carry out promises made during the campaign.

49. Implemented following the successful revolt of the British colonies in North America against imperial rule - the articles served as the national government from 1781-1787.

50. The 1780s in the United States - maked by internal conflict. The economy deteriorated as individual states printed their own currencies - taxed the products of their neighbors - and ignored foreign trade agreements. Inflation soared - small farmers l