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- Understand the rule of law
- Study the First Amendment and understand commercial speech, scrutiny and restrictions
- Describe the components of the Fourth Amendment
- Explain due process and takings
- Learn the equal protection clause, discriminatory laws, suspect classification and rational basis test
- Know the rights of the people under the Ninth Amendment
1. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle
Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.
2. The First Amendment: Commercial Speech, Scrutiny & Restrictions
The First Amendment of the Constitution states that all citizens are free to practice their preferred religion, speak freely and to assemble. Learn how and why businesses are less protected and are held to a higher scrutiny in this lesson.
3. The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure
One of our rights according to the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution is the Fourth Amendment, and it protects citizens from illegal search and seizure of person or property with proper warrants stating probable cause.
4. Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments
There are only two amendments that stand for the same rights: the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment. In this lesson, we will learn how both amendments speak to the rights of life, liberty and property with government protection and due process.
5. The Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
Both the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution provide all citizens with equal protection of their right to life, liberty and property. The main difference being the 5th Amendment provides it under the Due Process clause.
6. Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained by People
The purpose of the Ninth Amendment is to protect the citizens' rights that aren't necessarily mentioned elsewhere in the Constitution, like the right to privacy or the right to marry. It also prevents the violation of those rights by the government.
7. What is The 3rd Amendment? - Definition & Court Cases
The Third Amendment was part of the Bill of Rights. It ensures that the government cannot force citizens to house soldiers in times of peace. Very few cases have been tried based on the Third Amendment.
8. Ex Post Facto: Definition, Laws & Example
In this lesson, we will learn the definition of ex post facto. We'll learn the ways in which a law can be considered to be ex post facto. In addition, we will look at some examples of ex post facto laws.
9. Exigent Circumstances: Definition & Cases
For police, a warrant is typically needed to enter a home, however, under exigent circumstances police are justified to enter without one. In this lesson, we will define exigent circumstance and explore the situations in which they apply.
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