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Strict vs. Loose Interpretation. First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” (i.e. They cannot make an official religion)

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strict vs loose interpretation
Strict vs. Loose Interpretation
  • First Amendment
  • “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” (i.e. They cannot make an official religion)
  • The Supreme Court ruled that a monument to the Ten Commandments could not be displayed at a public courthouse because of this Amendment.
  • Is the Supreme Court interpreting the First Amendment strictly or loosely?
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Strict vs. Loose Interpretation
  • Sixth Amendment:
  • “The accused shall enjoy the right … to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.” (He has the right to have a lawyer).
  • The Supreme Court ruled that the government must provide a an attorney if the defendant cannot afford one (Gideon v. Wainright, 1963).
  • Is the Court interpreting the Sixth Amendment strictly or loosely?
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Strict vs. Loose Interpretation
  • CW 6.2: Writing Assignment (3+ Paragraphs)
  • Choose a rule that you have recently argued over (school rule, parents rule, law, anything).
  • Explain what the rule states (including the “plain language,” if it is a written rule).
  • Explain how the rule could be interpreted loosely.
  • Explain how the rule could be interpreted strictly.
  • Explain how you interpreted the rule.