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Constitutional Law II Fall 2006 Con Law II 1 Equal Protection - Introduction
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 2 What does  Equal Protection Equal Protection   mean? Different Outcomes? Ex:  (stereotypes) :  On average, Whites earn more  than Asians, who earn more than Blacks Different Treatment? Different set of rules apply, based on gov’t  classification Ex: Persons of Japanese ancestry relocated to  “internment camps” during WWII Equality of Treatment vs. Treatment as Equal Equality of Treatment vs. Treatment as Equal Intentional  Discrimination Unintentional  Discrimination
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 3 Classifications All laws classify: By behavior: Driving faster than 65 MPH = ticket Committing crime = jail By status: Citizen vs. alien Parents married vs. unmarried (“bastard”) Medical condition By trait (personal characteristics): Biological factors: Skin color, ethnicity, sex Personality factors: Religion, ideology
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 4 Suspect Classifications Race Special constitutional status (slavery, 15 th  Am) US History Legacy of racism Persistent and systemic lack of political power Not alterable Per liberal political theory (personal responsibility) Other “Immutable Characteristics” Sex Legitimacy Fixed historical characteristic; e.g., alienage Age? Strict Scrutiny  applies whenever  law intentionally  discriminates on  the basis of a  suspect   criteria Lack of access to  political process is  an important factor  for std. of review
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 5 Where Classifications Occur Facial Classifications Examples based on suspect  class (race/sex): Must be white male to vote Must be white to serve on jury Examples based on non-suspect  grounds: Must be 16 to drive; 18 to vote Must be 5’10” to serve on police/fire department Must have AP credit for admission to UC Powder cocaine = 2 yrs; crack cocaine = 10 yrs What is it  about  these non- suspect  classifica- tions that  raise  suspicion?
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 6 Facially Neutral Classifications Facial classification along non-suspect  lines Ordinarily, apply Rational Basis review Problem: “facially neutral” law with uneven  outcomes, disadvantaging a suspect class Ex: Only persons 5’10” or taller hired for LAFD Very few women applicants meet this standard Problem: neutral law applied discriminatorily Ex: Yick Wo v. Hopkins All laundries in wood buildings need (discretionary) permit Permit granted to all white applicants, but no chinese When do disparate outcomes=disc. treatment?
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Fall 2006 Con Law II
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