myron gov 3 - Chapter Four Civil Liberties and Civil Rights...

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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Civil Liberties: protections of citizens from improper government action (“freedom from…”) 14 Th Amendment: “due process of law” clause Civil Liberties is about individual freedom
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Types of Civil Liberties SUBSTANTIVE: limits on what government can and cannot do; e.g., establish a religion PROCEDURAL: deals with how government is supposed to act; e.g., in criminal law, assuming a person is innocent until proven guilty
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Civil Rights Civil Rights: obligations imposed on government to take positive action to protect citizens from illegal actions of private citizens or organizations or government agencies (‘freedom with government help”) 14 th Amendment: “equal protection of the laws” clause Civil Rights is about equality
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Unprotected Speech Commercial Speech – Advertising Commercial Speech – Advertising Libel and Slander Libel and Slander Miller v. California – Obscenity 1. The average person applying contemporary standards finds 
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