Constitutional Principles - 1st Amendment

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Selected Constitutional Principles (Important Amendments: the 1st Amendment) GBL 395 – Part 6 Fall 2010 Professor Heidi Bulich 1
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Constitutional Protections – Citizens vs. Non-citizens 2 Under our Constitution, certain rights are afforded only to "citizens.“ However, in the area of civil liberties , which generally refer to those rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the Constitution does not make distinctions based upon citizenship status, but guarantees certain basic rights to all "persons” – natural and corporate. Do not need to be a US citizen to enjoy these rights . Longstanding principle of American legal system, particularly the criminal justice system, that everyone must be treated equally. Certain basic rights, e.g., due process, must be equally applied across the board for the integrity of the legal system as well as for the benefit of the individual .
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Amendments Which Matter to Business First Amendment 3 First Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech , or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. See p. 803.
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Amendments Which Matter to Business First Amendment 4 Commercial Speech Traditionally unprotected – “outside scope of First Amendment” Now has substantial protection –
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