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Important Court Cases

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1. Established exclusionary rule

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

3. Fighting words - certain offensive types of speech prohibited

4. 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

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

6. Extended exclusionary rule to the states

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

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

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

10. No such thing as executive privilege in criminal cases - but definitely at other times

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

12. Demonstrations near schools that disrupted classes could be legally banned

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

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

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

16. Forbids state-mandated bible reading

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

18. Gave states more power to regulate abortion

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

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

21. 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

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

23. Federal wiretaps of phone conversation is constitutional

24. Legitimate use of eminent domain - town wanting to buy private land and turn it over to private developers

25. Cities could legitimately require parade permits in the interest of pubic order (Jehovah's Witnesses march w/out permit)

26. 'Bad Tendency Doctrine -' speech restricted if it has tendency to lead to illegal actions; selectively incorporated freedom of speech to states

27. Invalidated 1989 Flag Protection Act

28. Secular rather than religious purpose? neither promote nor discourage religion? avoid 'excessive entanglement?'

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

30. Established judicial review

31. States cannot set term limits on members of congress

32. Cross burning = 'fighting words' = unconstitutional

33. Federal courts = final authority on creation of house districts

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

35. Forbids execution of defendants who are mentally retarded

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

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

38. Segregate with al 'due and deliberate speed'

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

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

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

42. Made the CRA 1964 apply to virtually all businesses

43. Strikes by labor unions are constitutional

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

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

46. Threw out undergraduate system of selection - generally upheld Bakke

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

48. Commerce clause of the constitution does not give congress the power to regulate guns near state operated schools

49. Clear and present danger (yelling fire) - Holmes

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