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Equal Protection Friday, March 21, 2014 12:18 AM Fourteenth Amendment Section 1 "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subjectto the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of la w ; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law s." What is Equal Protection? Equal Protection questions arise where a law treats a person or class of persons differently from others. Equal Protection is derived from the Fourteenth Amendment, which applies to states. There is no counterpart applicable to the federal government. However, the court has found thatequal protection applies to the federal government through the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
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