Case study

Roe v. Wade

  • women in texas wanted abortion
  • texas said it was illegal
  • conflicted with rights of privacy
  • childs life was more important than right of privacy
  • in favor of wade (who had baby)
  • made abortion legal in texas

New Jersey v. TLO

  • principle found illegal drugs in students packback
  • claimed it was unlawful search with 4th amendment
  • court disagreed

Marbury v. Madison

  • Adams was told to appoint people
  • Adams told Marshall to hand out paperwork for them to start jobs
  • Marshall told Madison to deliver the rest
  • Judicial review
  • checks and balances
  • political motivation

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

  • school has the right to censor newspaper

Texas v. Johnson

  • flag burning is protected by 1st amendment which includes symbolic speech

Gibbons v. Ogden

  • Gibbons was allowed to operate his steam boats between NY and NJ based on article 1 section 8
  • Gibbons won

Bush v. Gore

  • Bush claims he won the election in Florida and demanded a recount
  • Recount violated the 14 amendment

Plessy v. Ferguson

  • violated seperate car act, 13th, and 14th amendments
  • created “seperate but equal”

US v. Nixon

  • Nixon is runnimg for election
  • watergate scandal
  • tapes of recorded calls proved him guilty
  • did not have executive privalege to hold tapes

Dred Scott v. Sandford

  • African Americans do not have equal rights
  • 14th amendment disregarded that

California v. Bakke

  • not being accepted into university said it violated 14th Amendment and Civil Rights Act
  • school lost and had to admit Bakke into university

Mapp v. Ohio

  • broke into house because she was suspected to have a bomb
  • violated 4th amendment
  • had illegal material in her basement
  • illegal search and seizure, but argued to be reasonable
  • Mapp was found guilty

Miranda v. Arizona

  • argues that interrogation was violating his 5th and 6th amendments
  • could not be convicted even though he confessed

Gideon v. Wainwright

  • 6th amendment was violated (right to an attorney-due process)


  • violated his 8th amendment



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