The Constitutional Issue Of Due Process Essay

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The nation was riveted on the Supreme Court of the United States as the court decided the cases of Apprendi v. New Jersey and Lawrence and Garner v. Texas. These cases are important because they address the Constitutional issue of due process. Due process is a significant part of the Constitution because it allows people to defend themselves before being committed of a crime, guarantees citizens fair procedure, and protects a person’s life, liberty, and property. According to The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, “Responding to a reported weapons disturbance in a private residence, Houston police entered John Lawrence 's apartment and saw him and another adult man, Tyron Garner, engaging in a private, consensual sexual act.” Both men were arrested for deviate sex. As stated by The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, “Texas statute forbidding two persons of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual conduct.” According to Cornell University of Law, “Resolution of this case depends on whether petitioners were free as adults to engage in private conduct in the exercise of their liberty under the Due Process Clause.” As stated by Cornell University Law School, “Apprendi fired several shots into the home of an African-American family and made a statement- which he later retracted. He was charged under New Jersey law with, inter alia, second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, which carries a prison term of 5 to 10 years.”…

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