Important Supreme Court Cases

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Case DescriptionCase Name
Upheld the Necessary and Proper Clause
Accused must be read their rights by officers
Government must provide free counsel to the accused
Right to assemble peacefully protected by 1st Amendment
Burning the flag protected as a form of symbolic speech
Slaves are not considered citizens and don't have the power to sue
Established judicial review
Articles cannot be sued for libel unless made with malicious and reckless disregard for the truth
One person, one vote; district lines cannot be drawn according to race
Any arbitrary gender-based classification violated equal protection clause
Freedom of the press protected under constitution, states cannot exercise prior restraint
Forcing students to recite a prayer in school declared unconstitutional
Case DescriptionCase Name
Death penalty upheld and declared constitutional
Restricting abortion declared unconstitutional as it restricts womens' right to choose
Overturned 'separate but equal' and required integration to begin amongst public schools
Constitution protects individual privacy in matters of contraceptives between married people
State university cannot admit less qualified individuals based solely on race
Illegally obtained evidence cannot be used to convict a suspect
Federal government has power to regulate interstate commerce
Internment of Japanese Americans during WWII declared constitutional
Wearing armbands was akin to pure speech and therefore protected under the 1st Amendment
Jim Crows laws not unconstitutional, separate but equal treatment
Speech posing a clear and present danger not protected under constituion

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