Unformatted text preview: incorporating the Bill of Rights into state policy. The actual process of incorporation has been selective and is still ongoing today. Some amendments, particularly the freedom of expression components of the First Amendment, were applied to the states relatively early and vigorously. Others, such as the Second Amendment, still have not been applied to the states. The Supreme Court has been the primary actor in controlling the incorporation process as well as safeguarding and balancing civil liberties, in general. While the unelected nature of the Court has insulated the body from popular passions in the short term, the Court has seldom flouted majority opinion in the long term....
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- Summer '08
- Civil Liberties, Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States Bill of Rights