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What are the Amendments?

The Amendments are laws granted to us by the Constitution. They protect us from many things. The Amendments are very important to our lives, even now. Everyday we are practicing them, even if we don't know it. For my Amendment project I have chosen the:

1st Amendment- Freedom of Speech, Religion, Press etc.

2nd- Right to Bear Arms.

4th-Unreasonable searches and seizures

6th- Rights related to criminal prosecutions; right to a laywer, right to a speedy trial, confrontation, etc.

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Ruling:Mentally ill defendants can be forced to use lawyers

The ruling reverses an Indiana Supreme Court decision that says a criminal defendant who is found competent to stand trial must be allowed to invoke his 6th Amendment right to self-representation. Several justices state that a "right to self-representation will not affirm dignity of a defendant who lacks mental capacity to conduct his defense without assistance of counsel." Edwards, a man who suffers from schizophrenia and delusional disorders, was eventually found competent to stand trial. He asked to defend himself without a lawyer. The trial judge reject his request. The 6th Amendment dictates that judges "to take realistic account of the particular defendant's mental capacities."

 

I think this is constitutional because if he has a mental disability he is not stable enough to give his own testimony, therefore should not be able to defend himself without a lawyer, a right given under the 6th Amendment.

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Armed suspect stole car before killing Virginia Tech officer - CNN.com

Armed suspect stole car before killing Virginia Tech officer - CNN.com | Amendments of the U.S Constitution | Scoop.it

Another shooting occured this weekend at Virginia Tech. A 22 year old Virginia man stole a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, shortly before he fatally shot dead a Virginia Tech police officer, then himself a half hour later. This is violation of the 2nd Amendment because he used a firearm for a wrong cause, killing an innocent man and himself. It is unconstitutional because the 2nd Amendment does not allow people to go around shooting innocent people like this man did. He basically threatened his own constitutional right because he took advantage of the 2nd Amendment to shoot himself and an innocent man.

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Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims

Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims | Amendments of the U.S Constitution | Scoop.it

In November, the US V. Jones case was heard. This is known as the most important Fourth Amendment case in a decade. The lawsuit was filed because of a GPS tracking device in Jones' car, which was used to arrest him for supposed drug-trafficking. Jones' argues it violates his 4th Amendment rights of "unreasonable searches and seizures" because he was unaware of the GPS on his car. I think that Jones is right because if he wasn't confronted with any reason as to why a GPS was put on his car, they are violating his 4th Amendment rights. He is right with filing a lawsuit.

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FBI violated 1st Amendment rights of Muslims, suit alleges

An FBI operation apparently violated the First Amendment rights of hundreds of Muslims by using a paid spy to illegally monitor several Californian mosques based solely on their religion, a federal lawsuit has been filed. Filed on behalf of three Muslims, the lawsuit accuses FBI agents and employees of paying Craig Monteilh to go undercover, record conversations and infiltrate mosques to rule out potential terrorists. This is violating the Muslims 1st Amendment of freedom of religion. It is unconstitutional because there could be innocent people practicing their religion, and getting spied on for it. Also, it is illegally done, making matters even worse.

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Nick Iversen's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:23 PM

This is an article about how the FBI violated the rights of hundreds of muslims.  They paid a spy to monitor several mosques in California to see if there was any terroristic threats.  This is based solely on religion, which violates the first amendment right of freedom of religion.  The spy recorded conversations.

 

Abby Bisgard's comment, March 3, 2013 8:46 PM
The FBI definitely messed up!
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Abuse of The 1st amendment

People are "practicing" their 1st Amendment rights by going to funerals of dead soldiers protesting "Thank GOD for dead soldiers." A new law has been announced that prohibits protests 500 ft near funerals. People protesting at funerals are unconstitutional and disrespectful. People are cruel, and taking their rights a bit too far.

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Eren Schneiter's comment, April 18, 2013 10:55 AM
This is a gross abuse of the first amendment of the United States constitution, and a terrible thing to inflict upon those grieving families who have lost loved ones to protect those very rights. This sort of thing, while being totally legal, is a good example of how there should be a justifiable punishment for those going around and doing this sort of thing. Prohibiting what they can say as they have lost the right to react to situations in a normal, thoughtful manner. You can say what you want without the government intruding upon your freedom, but that gives you no right to protest the lives of others.
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U.S. woman facing Somalia terror case arrested

Amina Farah Ali is on trial for allegedly funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia was found in contempt when she refused to stand for the judge and jury, citing religious reasons. She was later sentenced to 50 days in jail. Her lawyer discusses how it is her 6th Amendment right to confront her accusers. Also it is her 1st Amendment right to not stand up, due to religion. She is practicing her 6th Amendment rights. It is constitutional because if her religion is very important to her like some people, she most likely wont go against it. 

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Doctors, groups clash over asking patients about firearms - USATODAY.com

Doctors, groups clash over asking patients about firearms - USATODAY.com | Amendments of the U.S Constitution | Scoop.it

Doctors might be penalized for asking if patients own firearms. The National Rifle Association other fire-arm supporting groups argue that doctors are violating patients' 2nd Amendment rights. Doctors claim they are only asking for safety concerns. Some say if guns remain in homes, more children will be killed or injured because of it.

 

This is involving both the 2nd and 1st Amendment because people have the right to own a gun in their household, as directed under the 2nd Amendment. Doctors making patients uncomfortable about their beliefs on guns is a violation of the 2nd Amendment. The 1st Amendment protects doctors who ask if patients own guns. 

I think it is unconstitutional because having guns doesn't mean all people who have them are in danger. Some people are more responsible than others, so it isn't right that doctors think they can go around critizing patients if they have guns or not.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, February 23, 2014 7:39 PM

This article was about Pediatric doctors are asking if in the home of childern if they have firearms.  This article stated that if homes do have firearms it is more likely for childernhood deaths to be associated with killing of the childern.  This article relates to government and law because it is talking about breaking the 1st and 2nd amendment about freedom of using and bearing firearms. It also relates because it is the legislation that is stoping Pediatric doctors from asking in the first place about firearms.

Joe Smith's curator insight, April 22, 2014 10:02 PM

gun owners are getting upset why doctors are asking if they own fire arms or not because they don't have the right to know. doctors say it's for safety and it gives them a perspective of how child's home life is. I think it's not a big deal if doctors know or not. 

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Kody Brown of ‘Sister Wives’ Plans Polygamy Lawsuit

Kody Brown of ‘Sister Wives’ Plans Polygamy Lawsuit | Amendments of the U.S Constitution | Scoop.it

Kody Brown of the TLC show, 'Sister Wives' plans to file a lawsuit to challenge the polygamy law. Brown's home state of Utah is investigating the Brown family for violating the state law prohibiting polygamy. Brown plans to challenge the polygamy law based on Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, asking federal courts to tell states they can't punish polygamists for their own "intimate conduct" and beliefs. Kody Brown is practicing his 1st Amendment right of "freedom of religion", since polygamy is a religion. I think that Kody Brown is right, because it is 1st Amendment right to practice polygamy. Taking action is a good idea because it is unfair that some people can practice their religion but others can't. It isn't harming anyone else if he practices polygamy.

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Robert Dean Cites 4th Amendment Violation, Sues TSA Over Full Body Scan

An Arkansas man is suing the TSA claiming their new screening rules are detrimental to his "emotional, psychological, and mental well-being." On Monday, Robert Dean filed the lawsuit in Little Rock, AK. In the lawsuit he asks a federal judge to issue an injunction stopping the TSA from conducting full body scanners and full body pat-down searches. I think that the TSA is violating peoples 4th Amendment rights. Full body pat-downs are a violation, and there is no need to be fully-patted down without reason. Dean's right is being threatened because it is an unreasonable search and can cause distress to people if they happen to go through it.

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