Am Govt Homework 5 Answers - Student Eight

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MadisonT Answer the first five questions, and then two of the remaining three:

What is your favorite part of the Bill of Rights? Explain.

My favorite part of the Bill of Rights is the first amendment, because it includes the freedom of speech. Speech is used diversely every day, all the time, and because there is freedom in speech, it can be easier to speak freely everyone you want to talk to.

Excellent. Good choice.

2. Explain which amendments in the Bill of Rights primarily protect the rights of defendants.

Amendments V and VI were written to protect the rights of defendants.

Right. You could also add the Fourth and Eighth Amendments.

3. Should federal courts apply all of the Bill of Rights, including the Establishment Clause, against state and local government? Discuss.

Yes, all courts should include all of the Bill of Rights in their actions, but they should not give exceptions that will give a chain reaction for more uncalled for exceptions.

Your answer is slightly off, because the question asked about courts applying the Bill of Rights against state and local governments. (-1) Otherwise your answer is fine.

4. Suppose the police entered your home without a warrant, despite your objection, and searched your house. Which part of the Constitution did the police violate (unless there was an exception, like an emergency)? Explain briefly.

The police would be violating Amendment IV, which states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This action by the police would be completely contradicting this amendment.


5. Is there any new amendment that you would like to see in the U.S. Constitution today, and what is the customary process for adding it?

I do not think that I would like to see any new amendment added to the U.S Constitution. I think that the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution has everything in it that is needed.

Very good.

7. Do you think stare decisis should prevent the U.S. Supreme Court from overturning Roe v. Wade?

No, I do not think that the stare decisis would do that.

OK, but further explanation would be better. (-2)

8. Is it too easy or too difficult to amend the U.S. Constitution? Explain, while mentioning the example of the ERA.

It is not too easy or too difficult to amend the U.S Constitution, but it is perfectly right.

Good, but a bit incomplete. (-2)

Extra credit (answer two of the following five questions):

"It is better for 50 guilty men to go free than for one innocent man to be unjustly convicted." Do you agree? Discuss.

I disagree with this quote. I think that the 50 guilty men that are freed can do what they were guilty of again, thinking that they would have the same treatment as the time before. On the other hand, if one innocent man was unjustly convicted, the man will know that he was innocent, and can have peace with himself.

Interesting answer. You make good points in explaining your position.
Total score: 65/70. Good work.--Andy Schlafly 20:06, 23 October 2012 (EDT)