Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the substantial changes in the makeup of the High Court and landmark rulings from recent Court terms. No other reference on the Court offers so much detail and insight in such a readable format. This classic resource explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life and the path of U.S. constitutional law. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices.

Chapter 12: Crime and Punishment

Chapter 12: Crime and punishment

More of the Bill of Rights is devoted to crime and punishment than to any other topic. This should come as little surprise given that the government's power to arrest, punish, and imprison people can make for a police state if this authority is not strictly limited by law. The framers of the Constitution had a healthy fear of ...

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