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A law may be un-constitutional because it violates rights guaranteed to the people by the Con-INTRODUCTION 9 Laws passed by one of the 50 state legislatures, such as the New York State Assembly shown above during a roll call, apply only to the citizens of that state or

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Common Legal Terms

(Just Now) common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action. complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant. contract: An agreement between two or

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About the USA > U.S. Government > The Legislative

(1 days ago) To become a law, a bill must pass both the House and the Senate. After the bill is introduced in either body, it is studied by one or more committees, amended, voted out of committee, and discussed in the chamber of the House or Senate. If passed by one body, it goes to the other for consideration.

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Overview of the U.S. Judicial System

(2 days ago) civil law matters, defending the United States in tort actions or contract disputes, and acting as plaintiff in cases of land condemnation, debt collection and civil fraud. At the state level, the attorney general is the highest legal officer who deals pri-marily with civil-law matters. State crimi-nal law is …

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Bonn Constitution

(6 days ago) 1. The Basic Law passed on 8 May by the Parliamentary Council has received our careful and interested attention. In our opinion it happily combines German democratic tradition with the concepts of representative government and a rule of law which the world has come to recognize as requisite to the life of a free people. 2.

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Section 5 Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons

(8 days ago) law and procedure and its own law enforcement agencies. While the systems of law enforcement are quite similar among the states, there are often sub-stantial differences in the penalties for like offenses. Law enforcement can be divided into three parts: Investigation of crimes and arrests of persons suspected of commit-

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ndividual Freedom and the Bill of Rights

(2 days ago) ernment is, and how strongly the rule of law pertains. Over the years, the definition of some rights has altered, and new concepts, such as privacy, added to the consti-tutional lexicon. But however defined, the rights of the people are at the core of what it means to be an American.

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THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM

(7 days ago) Service, and certain other law enforcement organi-zations. At the local level, the chief prosecutor in each of the 94 federal judicial districts is the United States attorney, who is appointed by the President and reports to the Attorney General. The Department of Justice plays no role in administration or budgeting for the federal courts.

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JUSTICE FOR ALL THE LEGACY OF Thurgood Marshall

(8 days ago) of Maryland Law School. But, as a segregated school, Maryland would not admit a black student. Marshall did not apply, but it was a harsh lesson in the discrimination and resulting lack of opportunity that held back many African Americans. Maryland Law’s stance, ironically, opened the door to unexpected opportunity for Marshall.

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Rights of the Accused

(7 days ago) law. Justice George Sutherland, in Powell v. Alabama 1932 The right to be heard would be, in many cases, of little avail if it did not comprehend the right to be heard by counsel. Even the intelligent and educated layman has small and sometimes no skill in the science of the law. If charged with crime, he is incapable, generally, of determining

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Freedom Paper No. 4: Independent Judiciary

(9 days ago) The Law Library maintains an extensive collection of international and comparative law literature covering all legal systems. Services include a public reading room staffed by legal specialists competent in 50 languages. State Justice Institute 1650 King Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Telephone: (703) 684-6100 Fax: (703) 684-7618

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INTRODUCTION TO THE MASSACHUSETTS PERSONAL LIBERTY ACT

(7 days ago) The Massachusetts legislature passed the 1855 law with the defiant title, "An Act to Protect the Rights and Liberties of the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." A key provision was the section calling for the removal of any state official who aided in the return of runaway slaves. The personal liberty laws, while anathema in the South

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The Annual Budget Process

(Just Now) The Presidenthas ten days in which to decide: (1) to sign the bill, thereby making itlaw; (2) to veto the bill, thereby sending it back to Congress and requiringmuch of the process to begin again with respect the programs covered bythat bill; or (3) to allow the bill to become law without his signature,thereby making it law but doing so without

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About the USA > Society > Crime & Justice

(2 days ago) The ultimate interpreter of American law and the American Constitution itself is the United States Supreme Court. Nearly 220 years old, the Court has grown dramatically in stature and authority. Its authority to invalidate as unconstitutional actions of the legislative and executive branches now is …

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Outline of the U.S. Economy

(7 days ago) The law also ordered that dairy price supports be phased out. These changes, a sharp break from the policies of the New Deal era, did not come easily. Congress sought to ease the transition by providing farmers $36,000 million in payments over seven years even …

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About the USA > U.S. Government > The Judicial Branch

(8 days ago) The judicial branch is headed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the only court specifically created by the Constitution. In addition, Congress has established 13 federal courts of appeals and 95 federal district courts. The president has the authority to appoint federal judges as vacancies occur, including justices of the Supreme Court.

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Marbury v. Madison (1803)

(6 days ago) So if a law be in opposition to the constitution; if both the law and the constitution apply to a particular case, so that the court must either decide that case conformably to the law, disregarding the constitution; or conformably to the constitution, disregarding the law; the court must determine which of these conflicting rules governs the case.

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Dept. of State: International Information Programs

(8 days ago) The Constitution of the United States is the central instrument of American government and the supreme law of the land. For 200 years it has guided the evolution of governmental institutions and has provided the basis for political stability, individual freedom, economic growth, and social progress.

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Seneca Falls Declaration (1848)

(7 days ago) Seneca Falls Declaration. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel

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Outline of American History

(7 days ago) Jefferson decided to rely on economic pressure to force the British to back down. In December 1807 Congress passed the Embargo Act, forbidding all foreign commerce. Ironically, the Republicans, the champions of limited government, had passed a law that vastly increased the …

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INTRODUCTION EX PARTE MILLIGAN

(7 days ago) Martial law cannot arise from a threatened invasion. The necessity must be actual and present; the invasion real, such as effectually closes the courts and deposes the civil administration. It is difficult to see how the safety of the country required martial law in Indiana.

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Outline of American History

(7 days ago) This breech of civil law, although constitutionally justified during times of crisis, gave the Democrats another opportunity to criticize Lincoln. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton enforced martial law vigorously, and many thousands -- most of them Southern sympathizers or Democrats -- were arrested.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE COURT OPINION ON THE COOPER V. …

(7 days ago) The law required that segregation end, and in a series of cases following Cooper, the justices handed down one decision after another ordering schools to begin implementing desegregation. For further reading: Tony Freyer, The Little Rock Crisis (1984); Benjamin Muse, Ten Years of Prelude (1964).

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INTRODUCTION TO JUSTICE HOLMES' DISSENTING OPINION ON …

(7 days ago) The initial challenge to the law came in the 1919 case of Schenck v. United States, in which a prominent socialist leader had been indicted and convicted for urging resistance to the draft. A unanimous Court had upheld the conviction, and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes did not depart very far from the older British notion that free speech and

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Unfettered Press: Libel Law in the United States

(8 days ago) Libel Law in the United States By Steven Pressman. In 1637, an English writer named William Prynn made the unfortunate mistake of writing a book that criticized the queen. Brought before a panel of judges, the hapless Prynn was found guilty of libel and ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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The Northwest Ordinance (1787)

(6 days ago) Footnote 1: Habeas Corpus, which literally means "you have the body," is one of the fundamental rights in Anglo-American law. Through the writ of habeas corpus, a prisoner may challenge the legality of his or her imprisonment, and if the state cannot present adequate evidence to justify the jailing, the court may order the prisoner's release.

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BACKGROUNDER ON THE COURT OPINION ON THE NEAR V. …

(7 days ago) The law was specifically aimed at the Saturday Press, a Minneapolis tabloid that in addition to exploiting rumors had uncovered some embarrassing facts about local political and business figures. The state courts gladly "abated" the Press, which then appealed to the United States Supreme Court claiming that its First Amendment rights had been

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INTRODUCTION TO THE COURT OPINION ON THE PLESSY V

(7 days ago) The law regards man as man, and takes no account of his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved. It is, therefore, to be regretted that this high tribunal, the final expositor of the fundamental law of the land, has reached the conclusion that it is compe-tent for a State to

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Unfettered Press: Rights and Responsibilities

(8 days ago) Libel Law in the United States. Minorities in Journalism. Targeting an Audience. The Electronic Media. The Sweet Sound of Conflict. The Business of Radio Broadcasting. On the Air in Springville. The High-Tech Trib. Electronic Newspapers. The Center for Foreign Journalists Back to Contents

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Speeches by Dwight D. Eisenhower: Federal Court Orders

(2 days ago) The United States Court at Little Rock, which has supervisory responsibility under the law for the plan of desegregation in the public schools, dismissed the challenge, thus approving a gradual rather than an abrupt change from the existing system. The court found that the school board had acted in good faith in planning for a public school

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FOURTEEN POINTS SPEECH (1918)

(7 days ago) Without this healing act the whole structure and validity of international law is forever impaired. VIII. All French territory should be freed and the invaded portions restored, and the wrong done to France by Prussia in 1871 in the matter of Alsace-Lorraine, which has unsettled the peace of the world for nearly fifty years, should be righted

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CHAPTER 4 Immigration

(6 days ago) • Much immigration occurs outside the realm of immigration law; a temporary worker program and better enforcement of current laws would be expected to result in many improvements, including a reduction in the number of undocumented immigrants.

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OURNALS O F THE U. S. D TAT E Democracy issues of

(8 days ago) professor of law at Washington College of Law, American University. He discusses the nation’s freedom of information laws, which were passed relatively recently in the nation’s history, “sun-shine” laws requiring open government, “whistleblower” protection acts …

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THE AMERICAN ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY

(7 days ago) That same year, South Carolina's opposition to the federal tariff led the legislature to declare that the law was null and void in the state, and the state's leaders spoke of using the militia to prevent federal customs agents from collecting the tax. President Andrew Jackson swept aside the states' rights arguments and threatened to use the

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About the USA>Sports>Athletes with Disabilities

(4 days ago) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive law that bans discrimination against persons with disabilities, specifically in "places of exercise." The ADA goes further than the previous laws and says that school, university, and community sports programs all must comply with ADA provisions. Paralympic Gold Medal winner Chris

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Speeches by Richard M. Nixon: Acceptance of the Republican

(2 days ago) And to those who say that law and order is the code word for racism, here is a reply: Our goal is justice - justice for every American. If we are to have respect for law in America, we must have laws that deserve respect. Just as we cannot have progress without order, we cannot have order without progress.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE COURT OPINION ON THE DREDD SCOTT …

(7 days ago) The decision of that question belonged to the political or law-making power; to those who formed the sovereignty and framed the constitution. The duty of the court is, to interpret the instrument they have framed, with the best lights we can obtain on the subject, and to administer it as we find it, according to its true intent and meaning when

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SANCTIONS AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA (1986)

(7 days ago) Sec. 309. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no -- (l) uranium ore, (2) uranium oxide (3) coal, or (4) textiles produced or manufactured in South Africa may be imported into the United States. (b) This section shall take effect 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act. Prohibition on New Investment in South Africa. Sec. 310.

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Unfettered Press: The Right to Know

(8 days ago) The law favored the government's right to say who could examine and copy its records. In 1789, when the federal government was first established, department heads were given responsibility for keeping and safeguarding records and, by extension, prescribing their uses. In the beginning, officials relied on the common-law practice of opening

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Outline of American History

(8 days ago) In September 1966, Johnson signed into law two transportation bills. The first provided funds to state and local governments for developing safety programs, while the other set up federal safety standards for cars and tires. In all, the Great Society was the greatest burst of legislative activity since the New Deal.

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About the USA > Arts > Architecture

(6 days ago) The skyscraper is America's unmistakable contribution to architecture. The first skyscraper went up in Chicago in 1884. The designer of the most graceful early towers, Louis Sullivan was America' s first great modern architect. His most talented student was Frank Lloyd Wright. In the 1930s, European architects who emigrated to the United States

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BACKGROUNDER ON THE COURT OPINION ON THE MULLER V. …

(7 days ago) To defend the law, Oregon turned to the noted Boston attorney Louis D. Brandeis, who had already won a reputation for defending the public interest. Brandeis seized upon the opening in Lochner, namely, that if he could show how the Oregon law related to worker …

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