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The two greatest protectors of Americans’ civil liberties are the Bill of Rights and the federal court system – one dictates constitutional safeguards, while the other (ideally) offers a remedy for citizens who feel their rights have been violated.
This worksheet presents students with six situations where the boundaries between First Amendment protections and criminal conduct are unclear. Students must then use the Internet and/or their textbooks to look up relevant Supreme Court case precedents and establish for themselves: can tabloids print false stories about celebrities? Can parents refuse to send their kids to school for religious reasons? Can citizens call for the overthrow of their own government? If the answer is "no," under what circumstances might the reverse be true?
Perfect as a classroom discussion-starter, homework assignment or exam review!
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