Constitution - Constitution Thursday 11:30 AM Constitutional laws are assumed to be supreme laws Beyond reproach"Do we have the right to kill

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Constitution Thursday, January 10, 2008 11:30 AM Constitutional laws are assumed to be supreme laws. Beyond reproach. “Do we have the right to kill ourselves?” “Do we have the right to marry someone of the same sex?” Etc. . I. Ideas behind const.: a. Const. restricts the power of authority. Its laws are sort of “higher” law. b. Aristotle was the first figure in recorded history to formally make the  distinction between law and const. law. i. He said there should be a mix of monarchies (rule by one),  aristocracies (rule by a few), and democracies (rule by many) 1. President, Senate, and representatives who “share” powers. c. The Magna Carta in 1215. Established the ideal of “habeas corpus”, provided  that the king was not permitted to imprison, outlaw, exile or kill anyone at a  whim—there must be due process of law first. i. The “Due Process” clause is in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S.  constitution. d. The United states, broke away from Monarchy in 1787 i. Wrote their own const., rejecting the monarchy and the hereditary  nobility, but keeping the parliamentary system developed in  England. II.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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Constitution - Constitution Thursday 11:30 AM Constitutional laws are assumed to be supreme laws Beyond reproach"Do we have the right to kill

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