In 2012, the case of Miller v. Alabama was presented in front of the Supreme Court detailing the crimes that took place in 2003 by Evan Miller. In July 2003, Miller, who was only fourteen years old at the time, with companion Colby Smith killed neighbor Cole Cannon by beating him with his own baseball bat and burning down the trailer Mr. Cannon lived in, while he was still inside. In 2004, Miller was to be tried as an adult for his crimes for capital murder. In 2006, he was found guilty and charges with aggravated murder and sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment without any parole.
We also spoke about a Marxist theory that stated that government creates criminal laws to benefit the people who own the means of economic production. It reminded me of my previous post on the forum which spoke about private prison groups lobbying to create
On July 10th of 1925, in the heated town of Dayton, Tennessee, a great debate culminated in the greatest joke of the year. At the onset of Dayton’s Scopes Trial, now laughably referred to as the “Monkey Trail” the cause for conflict was quite real. John Scope had been charged with “illegally teaching the theory of evolution” (dd) Prior to this event, Democratic candidate for President Bryan had succeeded in passing legislation in fifteen states, including Tennessee, which banned the teaching of Evolution in public schools. When the scopes trial came to fruition, Bryan himself chose to Prosecute.
In 1967, William Baird was arrested after giving away vaginal foam to a 19 year old woman following a lecture at Boston University about contraceptives and over-population. At the time, in Massachusetts, it was felony offense to disburse birth control methods to unmarried men or women. Eventually, Eisenstadt v. Baird was heard in the United States Supreme Court in 1972. In a 6-to-1 judgement, the Court ruled against the Massachusetts statute, but it was not in aggreeance with the due process of Griswold v. Connecticut, instead it was the Equal Protection Clause that was the deciding factor as reported by Justice William J. Brennan.
The way that they are different is because the article Issue Overview: Guns in America by Bloomberg, adapted by Newsela staff is just stating the facts about the way people feel about guns the pros and cons of gun laws and this article has no opinion in it and the article Famous Speeches: "We call BS," Emma Gonzalez 's speech to gun advocates by Emma Gonzalez, adapted by Newsela staff is only showing one side of the story and not the other and her speech is very opinionated towards guns laws and getting read of some guns. In the article Issue Overview: Guns in America by Bloomberg, adapted by Newsela staff is states in paragraph one line one “Every mass shooting in the United States starts a new debate over the right to own guns”. On Famous Speeches: "We call BS," Emma Gonzalez 's speech to gun advocates by Emma Gonzalez, adapted by Newsela staff it states President “Trump tweeted that there were "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed," and that he was even expelled for bad behavior. Trump said "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a
During the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas in 1984, a group of people gathered to protest Ronald Reagan’s nomination and his policies (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica). Gregory Lee Johnson was among the protestors complaining about Reagan. Johnson decided to burn an American flag in his attempts to show how he felt about Reagan’s ideas
Ted Cruz at RJC Forum: “Our Enemies Are at War With Us” Beginning his remarks with a moment of silence for the 14 people murdered Wednesday in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Senator Ted Cruz said he worries that last night attack is the markings of radical Islamic terrorism. “All of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home” GOP presidential candidate said at a cattle call meeting at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C. Cruz was the first out of all fourteen candidates for president to speak at Thursday RJC forum where he blasted President Obama for refusing to acknowledge radical Islamic terrorism. “When the President says the Islamic State isn’t Islamic, that is just nutty,” Cruz said.
The Preparedness Day parade was designed to lift morale in San Francisco in anticipation of the possible entry of the United States into World War I. Before the event, anti-war activists were harshly critical and during the parade a suitcase bomb went off, killing 10 and wounding 40. Labor leaders Thomas Mooney and Warren Billings were convicted of the crime and were both eventually sentenced to life in prison. After the two men spent 20 years in jail, Democrat Governor Culbert Olson grew concerned about whether they received a fair trial and pardoned them. At age 29, Rudolph was the perpetrator of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, which occurred on July 27, 1996, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He called the police, warning
The Berkeley sit-in ended after two days by the students after the University superiors promised for the release of Weinberg and allowed for a discussion to be held regarding the political ban (Cohen). Other students followed in step with Berkley, rebelling against University superior’s actions. For example, Anti-war students at the University of Pennsylvania exposed their superiors for conducting germ warfare research for the Pentagon. These Free Speech Movements in Universities across the nation displayed a major loss in youth’s respect for educational authority, due to authoritative power’s actions that the students felt were unjust. As shown in the Berkeley Sit-In, students chose to fight against rules instilled by superiors for the first time in the history of the University.
On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a former marine, began sniping students, professors, and police at the University of Texas at Austin from the clock tower. He killed sixteen people and wounded thirty two others. Whitman had to be shot unexpectedly in order to stop this mass shooting. In The New York Times, Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery wrote about Texas lawmakers passing a bill that allows guns at college campuses. Texas lawmakers should not have passed a bill, allowing guns at colleges, because it compromises the safety and well-being of all people on campus grounds.
Lawrence v. Texas 539 US 558 (2003) Case Facts: In September 1998, a same-sex couple in Houston, Texas were arrested in their own apartment after police found them engaging in a consensual, intimate, sexual act. The two men, John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, were convicted of violating the Texas “Homosexual Conduct” Law, which made it a Class-C misdemeanor for same-sex adults to engage in sexual intercourse and considered it illegal sodonomy. The statute was created in 1973 after the state changed its criminal code to end the banning of heterosexual anal or oral sex. The sheriff deputies arrested and charged the couple for performing “deviate sexual intercourse” as listed in the mentioned in the Texas statute.
The Ohio National Guard shot 13 students that day(PUBLISHED). In 1968, President Richard Nixon was elected because he made promises that he would stop the Vietnam war(PUBLISHED). During the first year of his presidency America’s involvement in the Vietnam war seemed to be winding down(PUBLISHED). Though
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after the massive flood that submerged the region, members of a Black Lives Matter protest filed a lawsuit, in federal court, against the Baton Rouge police, after the death of Alton Sterling. The activist, DeRay Mckesson claimed that officers used excessive use of force during demonstrations, ending in the death of three officers. Activists argued the police violated civil and constitutional rights of the protesters, who were peaceful, without provocation or need for defense. The American Civil Liberties union of Louisiana had also filed a lawsuit against the officers, seeking an injunction to stop officers from using “militarized tactics” at protests, for example, the deployment of armored vehicles and wearing riot gear, which was quickly defended, stating the military-style response to protesters was a result from
This led to protests and riots, including the one at Kent State University, where four young lives were lost. The Kent State shooting occurred on the 4th of May in 1970. There was a previous rally three days prior, and coming to a close, they decided to plan the next for the 4th. It was to be held at noon and once advisors had caught news they made it clear that this was to be prohibited.
Additionally, in the Texas v. Johnson case, Joey Johnson organized a group of protesters and marched to Dallas City Hall. Upon arrival, Johnson soaked the American flag in gasoline and lit it on fire. He was then arrested under the Texas law that one is not allowed to vandalize a respected object. His case was taken to Supreme Court and it was decided that his 1st amendment right was infringed. The Supreme Court broadened our 1st amendment right by making it clear that Freedom of Speech is not limited to words, but symbolic actions are included in that right.