Cascade Winter 17
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How does the Court function? Which amendment gives us our right to free speech? How are our civil liberties protected? These are all questions that this course will answer through a basic overlook at the Supreme Court and several monumental cases that have shaped the protection of our civil liberties. There are nine Supreme Court justices who are given the power to apply the laws of the Constitution to our everyday lives. You’ll learn that our rights to free speech are bound by a clear and present danger test derived from Schenck v. United States. But you’ll also see how in Oregon v. Smith, a religious sect that consumed illegal drugs for religious purposes was allowed to continue their practices even though it violated state law. We’ll discuss how in Mapp v. Ohio the court ruled that illegally acquired evidence is inadmissible in court. This course is about exploring the importance of the Supreme Court and its connection to your everyday life.