November 7, 2016
Many teachers visit StreetLaw.org for our robust collection of teaching materials about the U.S. Supreme Court, so we've compiled and organized 23 of our most popular SCOTUS case summaries for your instructional enjoyment!
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You can find the entire collection of Street Law's SCOTUS case summaries in our Resource Library. Teaching materials on historical cases are at LandmarkCases.org.
- D.C. v. Heller (2008): Do D.C. provisions violate the Second Amendment rights of private citizens who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use?
- Riley v. California (2014): Does a warrantless search of a suspect’s cell phone incident to an arrest of the suspect violate the Fourth Amendment?
- Georgia v. Randolph (2006): Does a wife’s consent to a search of the home outweigh the refusal of a search by the husband who is present at the time of the search?
- Kyllo v. U.S. (2001): Is the warrantless use of a thermal imaging device to detect heat emissions from an individual’s home a reasonable search?
- Kelo v. New London (2005): Does the term “public use” permit a local government to take the private property of one party and lease it to another?
- Yarborough v. Alvarado (2004): When deciding whether a suspect is "in custody" must an officer consider the suspect's age and previous history with law enforcement?
The Guantanamo Bay Cases
- Rumsfeld v. Padilla (2004): Do the president’s powers enable him to seize and detain a U.S. citizen based on the president’s resolve that he is an “enemy combatant?”
- Rasul v. Bush (2004): Do U.S. courts have jurisdiction to consider legal appeals filed on behalf of foreign citizens held at Guantanamo?
- Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004): Can a U.S. citizen captured in Afghanistan, who the President claims was an “enemy combatant,” be detained indefinitely?
(Reproduced with permission)
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