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Constitution Check: Is it unconstitutional to require voters to have a photo ID?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.

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If photo ID requirements are going to be struck down, it would probably be either under the guarantee of legal equality under the Fourteenth Amendment, or under one of two provisions in the 1965 Voting Rights Act which seek to assure voter equality.

Tags: Commission on Election Reform Justice Department South Carolina Voting Rights Act

Constitution Check: Has the time come to expand commercial rights?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.

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It is fair to assume that no member of the current Court would publicly advocate abandonment of the preferred status of individual rights or the lesser protection of economic liberties; the Court regularly applies only a rationality test to economic legislation.

Tags: Supreme Court Tea Party

Constitution Check: Can copyright and the First Amendment coexist on the Internet?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.

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The sometimes heated debate over how free the Internet should be was on public display in angry shouting matches at a recent meeting of the House Judiciary Committee working on drafts of the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act.”

Tags: eBay Eldred v. Ashcroft Facebook Floyd Abrams Golan v. Holder Google Stop Online Piracy Act Twitter Yahoo

Constitution Check: Would a total ban on drivers’ use of cell phones be constitutional?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.

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Using a telephone is clearly protected under the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court has said that it even involves a right of personal privacy.

Tags: Deborah Hersman National Transportation Safety Board

Constitution Check: Do parents have a constitutional right to control their children’s access to contraceptives?

Posted 2 years, 4 months ago.

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A developing constitutional “right of sexual privacy” for teenagers under the age of 18 is steeped in controversy, as the recent confrontation over the “Plan B” birth control pill attests.

Tags: Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association Carey v. Population Services Plan B