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Unformatted text preview: The Fourteenth Amendment and due process After the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, was added to the Constitution. It bars states from violating people's right to due process of law. It states that “no State shall … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” These rights of due process and equal protection were intended to protect individuals from abusive actions by state and local criminal justice officials. The terms “due process” and “equal protection” were left to the Supreme Court to define. Earl Warren and the due process revolution During Earl Warren's tenure as chief justice of the Supreme Court (1953–1969), the Court raised Americans' consciousness of their constitutional rights and adopted a liberal rights agenda, including...
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09