Unfolding of the Amendments
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Unfolding of the Amendments
A project exploring the constitutional rights using news articles and videos.
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The amendments that I have chosen for the project are the First Amendment ("Kansas Governor Apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet" and "Occupying LA court to stop eviction"), Second Amendment ("Ted Nugent 'More Guns Equals Less Crimes'" and "Anderson Cooper 360 Blog"), Fourth Amendment ("Police Push For Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones" and “Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal?”) and the Fifth Amendment (“Casey Anthony takes Fifth 60 times in civil suit deposition” and “Billionaire Stanford to Invoke the Fifth Amendment in Fraud Case”).

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Billionaire Stanford to Invoke the Fifth Amendment in Fraud Case

Billionaire Stanford to Invoke the Fifth Amendment in Fraud Case | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Mr. Stanford refused to give any written documents and any other evidence related to the case and pleaded his Fifth Amendment right because he didn’t want to be counted for being part of more Stanford companies. His Fifth Amendment right was being threatened because of self-incrimination. I think that even though he has the fifth-amendment right where he can plead that he isn’t involved with any other Stanford companies he should hand in his documents handed to him by the federal government.

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Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal?

Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal? | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

The article is basically talked about how there a case is going on where a man is charged for child pornography from the police looking through the phone and finding evidence of it on there. However, it’s argued because the police went against the fourth amendment and didn’t have a warrant for searching the phone and was invading person privacy and space. I think that their amendment was threatened but threatened or not the man shouldn’t have had what he had on his phone and I think that’s wrong.

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Occupy LA asking court to stop eviction - CNN.com

Occupy LA asking court to stop eviction - CNN.com | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

All of the people who are protesting and camping out in Los Angeles have their first amendment right to protect them. These people stand up for themselves and hold their opinion strongly by camping out for nights just to prove their point. Their first amendment right is being threatened though because protesters are being asked to leave and they are refusing and the police are even getting involved to try and get them to stop. Truthfully, I think sleeping over night to protest something is a little over board, but it is still their first amendment right and they do have freedom of speech and can do what they want to so they can express their feelings and that’s what they were doing. So in the end they aren’t doing anything wrong.

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CNN.com - Anderson Cooper 360° Blog

CNN.com - Anderson Cooper 360° Blog | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Ray Jones is a man with a strong opinion against the Second Amendment in Philadelphia. He blames state lawmakers and disagrees with the fact that getting a gun in your possession is really simple. He complains how Philadelphia is supposed to stay safe and so far this year more than 85% of residents have been murdered due to firing arms. I personally agree with Ray Jones because in Philadelphia you don’t even have to get a license for the guns and you don’t even have to register them. Basically, any inexperienced person can have ownership of a gun and have it in their possession at any time. I feel like that is a huge threat and is very unsafe to not only the gun handler but more importantly the innocent people around him that he might be threatening as well. We have many mature people who could handle the guns such as your own town cops, we do not need a bunch of immature people who have no reason to be holding a gun have possession of one.

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Teen: Tweet to friends, not governor

This video talks about Emma Sullivan and her having the privelage for her to speak out against the governor due to her First Amendment right.

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Casey Anthony takes Fifth 60 times in civil suit deposition - CNN.com

Casey Anthony takes Fifth 60 times in civil suit deposition - CNN.com | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Casey Anthony appeals her Fifth Amendment rights because she denied the fact that she killed her 2 year old daughter. Casey’s Fifth Amendment right is being threatened because of her right against self-incrimination. To be honest, I think that this isn’t unconstitutional because if almost all the evidence is there that says she killed her child than it is really hard to prove against her.

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Police push for warrantless searches of cell phones

Police push for warrantless searches of cell phones | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Christian Taylor practices his constitutional rights because the police searched his phones and Christian Taylor found it unconstitutional because the police did not have a search warrant. His constitutional rights are being threatened because the police searched his phone without any warrant telling them to do so. He felt like that wasn’t right and was an invade of personal property and privacy. I understand that search warrants are completely necessary in some cases and why Christian Taylor felt like a warrant was necessary in this case but I feel like in a way he is wrong and right. His privacy was invaded but there are very few cases involving smart phones and the law isn’t even caught up with technology, so personally that situation with him is really hard to judge.

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Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet - CNN.com

Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet - CNN.com | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Emma Sullivan was only expressing her feelings on the governor and his actions in Kansas when she posted a tweet about him. Her constitutional rights are being threatened because people such as her school principal are calling her disrespectful and a disgrace to her school when all she was doing was speaking out and expressing her opinion, which is allowed due to the First Amendment. I think that what Emma Sullivan did is not wrong and people took her tweet way to seriously just to the fact that she insulted someone with higher power then her. Anyone should be able to make a comment with their opinion with it no matter who it is too. It’s our first amendment right to express how I feel and if Emma Sullivan is being blamed for just explaining her opinion, than her first amendment right is threatened which is not fair.

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Ted Nugent: 'More guns equals less crime'

Ted Nugent: 'More guns equals less crime' | Unfolding of the Amendments | Scoop.it

Analysis: Analysis: Ted Nugent is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and has the rights to bear arms. He demonstrates this by talking on CNN’s Pier’s Morgan and stating how unsafe can be and that about 80 people a day die because of gunshot related problems. Nugent specifically states, "More guns equal less crime. Period." Nugent feels like he is being threatened because he feels that where you have the more armed people there are fewer crimes and when you have less unarmed citizens there is a higher crime rate. Nugent feels that safety for all American’s are being threatened due to most Americans not being armed. I disagree with Ted Nugent and believe that it is unnecessary for Americans to have possession of guns for protection. We are in the 21st century and not in 1789 when the Second Amendment was proposed. Today we have police officers and the FBI that are advanced in guns and that we can trust. We honestly don’t need people who don’t deal with guns to be in possession with them.

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