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Essential Supreme Court Decisions


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Preface to the Seventeenth Edition Acknowledgments This Is Our Supreme Court Chapter 1: Article I: The Legislative Branch Powers Commerce Delegation of Powers Implied Powers Taxing/Spending and Regulatory Powers Privileges and Terms of Members Chapter 2: Article II: The Executive Branch Powers Privileges and Limitations Chapter 3: Articles I and II: Distinct Yet Overlapping Powers Separation of Powers Issues Treaties and Executive Agreements War-Making Powers Chapter 4: Article III: The Judicial Branch Judicial Jurisdiction and Standing Political Questions Doctrine Chapter 5: Articles IV and VI: Federalism Eleventh Amendment and Sovereign Immunity of States Federal Preemption Judicial Jurisdiction over States Limits on the States Limits on Federal Regulation of States Status of the States Tenth Amendment and State Police Powers Chapter 6: Articles V and VII: Constitutional Amending Process and Ratification of the Constitution The Amending Process Chapter 7: Property Rights Contract Clause (Article 1, Section 10) Due Process (Economic) and Freedom of Contract (Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments) Takings Clause (Fifth Amendment) Chapter 8: The Bill of Rights and Its Application to the States Incorporation Chapter 9: First Amendment: Religious Rights Establishment Clause Free Exercise Clause Chapter 10: First Amendment: Political Rights Association [Implied], Assembly, and Petition Press Speech Campaign-Related Commercial Speech Miscellaneous Obscenity Subversive Speech Symbolic Speech or Speech and Conduct Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions on Speech Chapter 11: Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments The Right to Bear Arms Electronic Surveillance Other Search and Seizure Chapter 12: Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments Double Jeopardy and Right to Confrontation Due Process Juries Right to Counsel Self-Incrimination and Immunity Cruel and Unusual Punishment Chapter 13: Ninth Amendment: Right to Privacy, and Other Unenumerated Rights Parental and Marital Rights Right to Travel Right to Die Abortion Rights LGBTQ Rights Chapter 14: Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments Fourteenth and Fifteenth Enforcement Powers Enforcement Powers Equal Protection and Privileges and Immunities African Americans and Racial Classifications Protection, Privileges, and Immunities Aliens Sexual Classifications Various Other Classifications Chapter 15: Voting Rights Voting Rights Members of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-2013 The Constitution of the United States Glossary of Legal Terms Alphabetical List of Cases Briefed Chronological List of Cases by Chief Justice Index About the Author

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John R. Vile is professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author or editor of numerous books on political science and constitutional law, including Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, The Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, and A Companion to the U.S. Constitution and Its Amendments.

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