Civil Liberties And Civil Rights Essay

799 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
While creating a course on civil liberties, it would be necessary to include whose ruling advanced or stifled individual freedoms in a significant way. Among the many landmark cases heard by the Supreme Court, a few that would be of particular interest to courses on civil liberty issues are: Miranda v. Arizona, Roe v. Wade, and Obergefell v. Hodges. However, there are a few cases included on the 361 syllabus, that I would be hesitant to include: Baher v. Carr, Bush v. Gore, and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama.
Miranda v. Arizona, was a consequential decision affecting the Fifth Amendment right for Americans. The Court ruled that individuals have the right to be protected from self incrimination if they have not been told their rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. The impact of has affected thousands of Americans put into custody, and strengthens the Constitution’s protection of individual civil liberties.
Roe v. Wade is also a significant civil liberates case that granted the right to privacy to any women seeking an abortion. The case decided in 1973, is still controversial 40 years later. The effect of the case is consequential to women seeking abortions, as the Court argued that the government has no right to intrude on a woman’s personal choices. The case is so important because it is still relevant in our discussions of civil liberties today. Some critics would argue that the unborn child has a right to life and that their…

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