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Key Court Cases in AP Government & Politics

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[Constitutuional Foundations]

General

Marbury v. Madison (1803) [Judicial Review]
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McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) [U.S. Bank - Implied Powers]
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Federalism

Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) [Commerce Clause]
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[go to your own reading level--one, two, or three stars]

United States v. Lopez (1995) [Firearms on School Property]
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[Civil Liberties]

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Barron v. Baltimore (1833) [Federal/State Authority]
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Gitlow v. New York (1925) [Incorporation]
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Religion (1st Amendment)

Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) [Establishment Clause]
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Engel v. Vitale (1962) [Establishment/Prayer in School]
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Sherbert v. Verner (1963) [Free Exercise/Compelling Interest]
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Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) [Free Exercise/Amish]
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Reynolds v. United States (1879) [Free Exercise/Polygamy]
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Speech & Expression (1st Amendment)

Schenk v. U.S. (1919) [Free Speech]
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Yates v. U.S. (1957) [Free Speech]      
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Texas v. Johnson (1989) [Symbolic Speech/Flag Burning]
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Roth v. U.S. (1957) [Obscenity]
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Miller v. California (1973) [Obscenity]
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Press (1st Amendment)

Near v. Minnesota (1931) [Freedom of Press/Prior Restraint]
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New York Times v. U.S. (1971) [Press/Classified Documents]
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Assembly (1st Amendment)

Collin v. Smith (1978) [Nazi Party in Skokie, Illinois]
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Defendant’s Rights (4th-8th Amendments)

Mapp v. Ohio (1961) [Search & Seizure/Exclusionary Rule]
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Miranda v. Arizona (1966) [Self Incrimination]
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Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) [Right to Council]
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Gregg v. Georgia (1976) [Capital Punishment]
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Privacy

Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) [Birth Control]
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Roe v. Wade (1973) [Abortion]
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Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) [Restrictions of Abortions]
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[Civil Rights]

Racial Discrimination

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) [Slavery]
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Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) [Segregation]
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Brown v. Board of Education (1954) [School Segregation]
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Heart of Atlanta Motel v. U.S. (1964) [Racial Discrimination]
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Korematsu v. U.S. (1941) [Japanese Internment]

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Affirmative Action

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) [Affirmative Action/College]
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Grutter/Gratz v. Bollinger (1992) [Affirmative Action/College]
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Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District (2007) [Racial Integration]
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Gender Discrimination

Reed v. Reed (1971) [Women]
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Gay/Lesbian Rights

Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) [Ban on Homosexual Relations]
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Lawrence & Garner v. Texas (2003) [Homosexual Relations/Privacy]
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[Institutions]

General

Munn v. Illinois (1877) [State Regulation of Business]
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INS v. Chadha (1983) [Legislative Veto]
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[an interesting site where you navigate the hot links at the left to isolate specific elements of the case]

Congress

Baker v. Carr (1962) [Reapportionment]
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Shaw v. Reno (1993) [Racial Gerrymandering]
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Presidency

U.S. v. Nixon (1974) [Executive Privilege]
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[Elections]

Bush v. Gore (2000) [Electoral Vote/Recounts]
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Buckley v. Valeo (1976) [Campaign Finance]
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last updated 7/2/08 by M. Teppo  melissa_teppo@sumnersd.org
                

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