Important Cases of the Us Supreme Court

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Important Cases of the US Supreme Court The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the constitutional guarantees contained in amendments to the constitution. Among these Guaranteed rights are the freedoms of religion, speech, and press, along with the right of protection against illegal search and seizure, equal protection under the law, and the right to counsel. These rights all contained in the first amendment to the constitution are arguably the most important rights guaranteed to citizens of the United States. However these rights are not absolute. Throughout the course of time many controversies have occurred concerning the limitation of rights. Many of these controversies have called upon the Supreme Court to evaluate the…show more content…
The issue in this case was the individual rights of expression and speech against the needs of society. In this case a very important precedent was set the idea of "clear and present danger" which states that when words are in such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that congress has a right to prevent. That words can be outlawed and those who utter them can be punished when their use creates an immediate danger that criminal acts will follow. This case has set a precedent that has existed for almost eighty years regarding free speech. Todaythe statement has been revised to read "immediate clear and present danger" to expand the rights of the individual. Under the constitution the citizens are Guaranteed certain rights and freedoms, however these rights are not absolute they are relative to the rights of others. The Supreme Court will continue to attempt to balance the rights of the individual with the needs of society at large. Because of this the Supreme Court is an extremely essential part of the United States

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