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    • Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court: Select Opinions of Chief Justice John Marshall

    • By: United States Supreme Court
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lee Philips
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court: Select Opinions of Chief Justice John Marshallcontains a fully narrated audio edition of five historic decisions written by Chief Justice John Marshall, including Marbury v. Madison, Fletcher v. Peck, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, McCulloch v. Maryland, and Cohens v. Virginia. The text for this audio edition is derived from the United States Reports, published by the United States Government Printing Office.

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    • New York Times Co. v. Sullivan

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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    Decided together with Abernathy v. Sullivan, this case concerns a full-page ad in the New York Times which alleged that the arrest of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. for perjury in Alabama was part of a campaign to destroy King's efforts to integrate public facilities and encourage blacks to vote.

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    • Mapp v. Ohio

    • 50 Most Cited Cases
    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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    Dollree Mapp was convicted of possessing obscene materials after an admittedly illegal police search of her home for a fugitive. She appealed her conviction on the basis of freedom of expression.

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    • Citizens United v. FEC

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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    Citizens United sought an injunction against the Federal Election Commission in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent the application of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) to its film Hillary: The Movie. The Movie expressed opinions about whether Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a good president.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Key first amendment case

    • By Timoteo on 03-08-18

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    • District of Columbia v. Heller

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    For the first time in 70 years, the Court heard a case regarding the central meaning of the Second Amendment and its relation to gun control laws. After the District of Columbia passed legislation barring the registration of handguns, requiring licenses for all pistols, and mandating that all legal firearms must be kept unloaded and disassembled or trigger locked, a group of private gun-owners brought suit claiming the laws violated their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A significant second amendment case

    • By Timoteo on 03-08-18

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    • Roe v. Wade

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Roe, a Texas resident, sought to terminate her pregnancy by abortion. Texas law prohibited abortions except to save the pregnant woman's life. After granting certiorari, the Court heard arguments twice. The first time, Roe's attorney - Sarah Weddington - could not locate the constitutional hook of her argument for Justice Potter Stewart. Her opponent - Jay Floyd - misfired from the start.

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    • Miranda v. Arizona

    • 50 Most Cited Cases
    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Court was called upon to consider the constitutionality of a number of instances, ruled on jointly, in which defendants were questioned "while in custody or otherwise deprived of [their] freedom in any significant way." In Vignera v. New York, the petitioner was questioned by police, made oral admissions, and signed an inculpatory statement all without being notified of his right to counsel.

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    • United States v. Nixon

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
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    A grand jury returned indictments against seven of President Richard Nixon's closest aides in the Watergate affair. The special prosecutor appointed by Nixon and the defendants sought audio tapes of conversations recorded by Nixon in the Oval Office. Nixon asserted that he was immune from the subpoena claiming "executive privilege".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History rhymes?

    • By Philo on 08-05-17

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    • New York Times Co. v. United States

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In what became known as the "Pentagon Papers Case", the Nixon Administration attempted to prevent the New York Times and Washington Post from publishing materials belonging to a classified Defense Department study regarding the history of United States activities in Vietnam. The President argued that prior restraint was necessary to protect national security. This case was decided together with United States v. Washington Post Co.

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    • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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    In December 1965, a group of students in Des Moines held a meeting in the home of 16-year-old Christopher Eckhardt to plan a public showing of their support for a truce in the Vietnam war. They decided to wear black armbands throughout the holiday season and to fast on December 16 and New Year’s Eve.

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    • Planned Parenthood v. Casey

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    The Pennsylvania legislature amended its abortion control law in 1988 and 1989. Among the new provisions, the law required informed consent and a 24 hour waiting period prior to the procedure. A minor seeking an abortion required the consent of one parent (the law allows for a judicial bypass procedure). A married woman seeking an abortion had to indicate that she notified her husband of her intention to abort the fetus. These provisions were challenged by several abortion clinics and physicians.

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    • Gideon v. Wainwright

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: Uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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    Clarence Earl Gideon was charged in Florida state court with a felony: having broken into and entered a poolroom with the intent to commit a misdemeanor offense. When he appeared in court without a lawyer, Gideon requested that the court appoint one for him. According to Florida state law, however, an attorney may only be appointed to an indigent defendant in capital cases, so the trial court did not appoint one. Gideon represented himself in trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.

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    • Texas v. Johnson

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Length: 56 mins
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    In 1984, in front of the Dallas City Hall, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag as a means of protest against Reagan administration policies. Johnson was tried and convicted under a Texas law outlawing flag desecration. He was sentenced to one year in jail and assessed a $2,000 fine. After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, the case went to the Supreme Court.

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    • Fisher v. University of Texas

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    In 1997, the Texas legislature enacted a law requiring the University of Texas to admit all high school seniors who ranked in the top ten percent of their high school classes. After finding differences between the racial and ethnic makeup of the university's undergraduate population and the state's population, the University of Texas decided to modify its race-neutral admissions policy. The new policy continued to admit all in-state students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school classes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Racial affirmative action in univ admissions

    • By Timoteo on 03-08-18

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    • Bethel School Distrcit v. Fraser

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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    At a school assembly of approximately 600 high school students, Matthew Fraser made a speech nominating a fellow student for elective office. In his speech, Fraser used what some observers believed was a graphic sexual metaphor to promote the candidacy of his friend. As part of its disciplinary code, Bethel High School enforced a rule prohibiting conduct which "substantially interferes with the educational process... including the use of obscene, profane language or gestures."

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    • Morse v. Frederick

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    At a school-supervised event, Joseph Frederick held up a banner with the message "Bong Hits 4 Jesus", a slang reference to marijuana smoking. Principal Deborah Morse took away the banner and suspended Frederick for 10 days. She justified her actions by citing the school's policy against the display of material that promotes the use of illegal drugs. Frederick sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983, the federal civil rights statute, alleging a violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

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    • New Jersey v. T. L. O.

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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    T.L.O. was a high school student. School officials searched her purse suspecting she had cigarettes. The officials discovered cigarettes, a small amount of marijuana, and a list containing the names of students who owed T.L.O. money. T.L.O. was charged with possession of marijuana. Before trial, T.L.O. moved to suppress evidence discovered in the search, but the Court denied her motion.

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    • Lawrence v. Texas

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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    Responding to a reported weapons disturbance in a private residence, Houston police entered John Lawrence's apartment and saw him and another adult man, Tyron Garner, engaging in a private, consensual sexual act. Lawrence and Garner were arrested and convicted of deviate sexual intercourse in violation of a Texas statute forbidding two persons of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual conduct.

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    • Engel v. Vitale

    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Board of Regents for the State of New York authorized a short, voluntary prayer for recitation at the start of each school day. This was an attempt to defuse the politically potent issue by taking it out of the hands of local communities. The blandest of invocations read as follows: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and beg Thy blessings upon us, our teachers, and our country."

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    • Griswold v. Connecticut

    • 50 Most Cited Cases
    • By: The Supreme Court of the United States
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Griswold was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. Both she and the Medical Director for the League gave information, instruction, and other medical advice to married couples concerning birth control. Griswold and her colleague were convicted under a Connecticut law which criminalized the provision of counseling, and other medical treatment, to married persons for purposes of preventing conception.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • nice companion to reading about the case elsewhere

    • By D. Littman on 12-04-14

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