History Quiz / Landmark Supreme Court Cases

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HoldingSupreme Court CaseYear
A narrowly-tailored affirmative action program for student admissions is permissible under the Equal Protection Clause.2003
Segregated schools violate the Equal Protection Clause.1952
Evidence obtained by unconstitutional searches and seizures are inadmissible in court.1961
Racial quotas in college admissions are not permissible, although a state interest in diversity can be compelling.1978
Wearing armbands in school is symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment.1969
Segregated schools in the District of Columbia violate the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.1954
Employers cannot be sued for race or gender pay discrimination after 180 days.2007
Speech that poses a 'clear and present danger' can be subject to regulation by Congress.1919
The Supreme Court has the right to decide who wins the presidential election.2000
The federal government can regulate racial discrimination in places of public accommodation under the Interstate Commerce Clause.1964
Speech that falls in the category of 'fighting words' can be regulated by the State.1942
The guarantee of freedom of speech is incorporated against the states.1925
Congress does not have the power to regulate guns in school zones under the Interstate Commerce Clause.1995
Government-directed prayer in public schools, even if voluntary and non-denominational, violates the Establishment Clause. 1962
Police must inform those in custody of their basic constitutional rights.1966
HoldingSupreme Court CaseYear
A person charged with a criminal offense is entitled to an attorney.1963
Speech that has a tendency to incite 'imminent lawless action' can be subject to regulation by the State.1969
Laws banning interracial marriage are unconstitutional under both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause.1967
A banner reading 'Bong Hits for Jesus' is not protected speech under the First Amendment.2007
Some abortion restrictions are permissible under an 'undue burden' standard.1992
The Free Exercise Clause applies to the states under the Due Process Clause.1940
American citizens of Japanese descent can be placed into internment and deprived of some constitutional rights, even under the Equal Protection Clause.1944
Flag burning is symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment.1989
Married couples are allowed the use of contraceptives in private; a right to privacy exists in the Constitution.1965
Laws that are constitutional under the Establishment Clause must have a secular purpose, must not advance or inhibit religion, and must not result in 'excessive entanglement.'1971
Law that criminalized consensual anal and oral sex is constitutional.1986
The reapportionment of congressional districts is not a political question, but is under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.1962
Segregated facilities are permissible under the doctrine of 'seperate but equal.'1896
The death penalty in its current form is cruel and unusual punishment.1972
Laws banning consensual sodomy in private are unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause and under rational-basis scrutiny.2003
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