The Constitutional Court Book By Jack Fruchtman Jr.
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The Right to “Liberty” and the Right to Equal Protection in the Fourteenth Amendment
In the United States Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment states “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (Law.Cornell) Many of the cases that have been addressed in the Supreme Court book, written by Jack Fruchtman Jr., show the readers the rulings of the case and if either the Due Process of Law and the Equal Protection of the laws has or has not been applied.
In the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, Homer Plessy was arrested for refusing to sit in a Jim Crow car. In this case, the Due Process Clause was addressed when the “separate but equal” doctrine was introduced. Because the “separate but equal” doctrine upheld the constitutionality of segregation, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment was not violated. In addition, the Due Process Clause also enforced equality of the two races. As well as the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause was addressed in this case because “states could not deprive any person of the Equal Protection Clause”(wikipedia). In Plessy’s arguments, he stated that segregated facilities violate the Equal Protection Clause, and because of what the Equal Protection Clause states,