Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision


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Which is a TRUE statement regarding the effect of the 14th Amendment on the rights of citizens?

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1. Imelda got caught stealing someone's credit card and using it to purchase shoes online. When the police arrested her, they charged her with identity theft and fraud. At trial she was denied an attorney even though defendants in similar cases had been provided with attorneys and the state law said that anyone who couldn't afford an attorney can get one paid for by the state. Which is a likely 14th Amendment violation(s)?

2. Why did the Court in Griffin v. Illinois say that the Post-Conviction Hearing Act created a constitutional violation for the defendant's?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What was the reasoning behind the Supreme Court's decision in Griffin v. Illinois? This quiz and worksheet will verify your ability to answer this question and others related to the case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • The effect of the 14th Amendment on the rights of citizens
  • A 14th Amendment violation(s)
  • The Post-Conviction Hearing Act
  • The Supreme Court's decision in Griffin v. Illinois
  • The unequal protection clause of the 14th Amendment

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Griffin v. Illinois
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the 14th Amendment and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Post-Conviction Hearing Act

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Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision. Here are examples of what's in this lesson:

  • Facts in the Griffin v. Illinois case
  • An overview of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision
  • What due process requires