Supreme Court Cases, Thematic Essay

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Thematic Essay-Supreme Court Cases The outcome of cases that have gone through the United States Supreme Court judicial branch have each had a major impact on how the laws and amendments of the United States Constitution are interpreted. Two cases in particular that expanded constitutional liberties is the case of Engel vs. Vitale (1962) and the case of Tinker vs. Des Moines School District (1969). Not only did both of these cases expand constitutional liberties in general, they more specifically, expanded rights within the school system. In the case of Engel vs. Vitale, the main topic dealt with prayer at school. The New York State board of regents composed a non-denominational prayer to be used in the state’s public schools. …show more content…
Similar to the first case discussed, this case also expanded civil liberties by giving all citizens equal rights regarding expression. Whether it be verbal expression or expression similar to the students’ anti-war protest-students have the same rights in school when it comes to expressing themselves as they do outside of school. I think this court case applies to public schools today when students are allowed to express their opinion about a certain matter, are allowed to petition against or for something, or are allowed to form a group in support of something they believe in or stand for. In conclusion, it is clear that these two cases have had an impact on the current freedoms that we as citizens enjoy today. The outcomes of these cases , as well as the outcomes of other cases that have passed through the United States Supreme Court can, in some way, determine the decisions that people make throughout their lives. Some cases give more freedoms to people, like the three court cases that dealt directly with the rights of African Americans and eventually ending with a decision that segregation is unconstitutional. Or cases that limit freedoms, like the case of New Jersey vs. T.L.O. where the students’ rights are somewhat limited giving a school official the right to search a student’s belongings with reasonable grounds. Needless to say, all Supreme Court cases have affected the people of America in some way. These cases

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