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Ep. 143 - The Seventh Amendment: Trial by Jury in Civil Cases show art Ep. 143 - The Seventh Amendment: Trial by Jury in Civil Cases

Constitutional Chats Presented By Constituting America

The Founding Fathers were fond of brevity in creating our constitution.  While few in words and somewhat overlooked compared to some of the other amendments, the 7th Amendment is long in impact.  To be succinct, the 7th Amendment guarantees civil cases can be heard and decided by a jury.  Why was this needed?  What concerns were the Founders alleviating?  And why does it mention a $20 minimum dispute?  Join returning guest Joerg Knipprath with Southwestern Law School and our brilliant student panel for this chat on the 7th Amendment.

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Ep. 142 - The Sixth Amendment: Right To A Speedy, Public Trial - And More! show art Ep. 142 - The Sixth Amendment: Right To A Speedy, Public Trial - And More!

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If someone is arrested in the United States, they will soon get their day in court to determine guilt or innocence, right?  Imagine if that wasn’t always the case.  Imagine you are arrested and the state keeps you locked up for an unspecified amount of time before going to trial.  Sadly, this was reality before the Sixth Amendment.  What does it say exactly?  What are the six legal protections within the amendment?  What constitutes a fair and speedy trial?  Join this week’s chat featuring Robert Alt with the Buckeye Institute and our brilliant student...

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Ep. 141 - Countdown to Bill of Rights Day–Amendment IV show art Ep. 141 - Countdown to Bill of Rights Day–Amendment IV

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Regular viewers of our podcast certainly understand the role of the Bill of Rights was not so much to grant rights to citizens but to limit the actions of the federal government in curtailing an individual’s rights.  That trend continues in the Fourth Amendment.  It places two vital restrictions on the government: unreasonable search and seizures and warrants only with probable cause.  Why is this so important?  Just what exactly constitutes probable cause, reasonable suspicion and reasonable doubt?  For these answers and so many others, join our special guest, Cully...

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“I plead the 5th!”  We have all heard that line before whether it was on the evening news or a legal drama TV show.  It’s  a legal protection pulled directly from the 5th Amendment which outlines criminal procedure and applies to federal, state and local governments.  What exactly does it mean?  What is a grand jury, the double jeopardy clause and the takings clause?  We are excited to have Andrew Langer, President of the Institute for Liberty, returning as our guest along with our student panel as we discuss the 5th Amendment.

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One might question why the 3rd Amendment was given such a lofty position behind 1st amendment protections and the right to keep and bear arms. It’s not often talked about and doesn’t drive the news cycle or inspire mass protesting.  So why did The Founders codify that we do not have to quarter soldiers in our homes?  What act of parliament was this amendment directly countering? And what role did the Boston Tea Party play to inspire such an amendment?  Join our special guest, Hans von Spakovsky with the Heritage Foundation, and our all-star lineup of student panelists for...

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The Bill of Rights are quite the exercise in brevity. Perhaps that is no more apparent than in the second amendment. 27 words is all it has.  Yet those 27 words have a set off countless newspaper articles, TV segments, court cases and endless debate.  Just what did The Founders intend when they wrote those 27 words? What clues in other founding documents can give us insight into their intent? Does the amendment secure gun ownership only in the context of a militia or does it guarantee private ownership?  And what exactly did DC v Heller establish in 2008?  Join our special...

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Ep. 137 - Countdown to Bill of Rights Day--The First Amendment, Part 2 show art Ep. 137 - Countdown to Bill of Rights Day--The First Amendment, Part 2

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Perhaps no amendment is as hotly debated as the First Amendment, and specifically the clauses related to freedom of religion: the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. Even though none of the charges against the king outlined in the Declaration of Independence concern religion, religious liberty is the very first concern in the Bill of Rights.  In the few words concerning religion, the words “separation of church and state” do not appear.  That phrase comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote years later.  Our guest argues the real father and architect of...

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When someone refers to the First Amendment, they are often referring to freedom of speech.  Are you aware that there are actually 6 enumerated freedoms protected in the First Amendment?  Along with speech, the First Amendment guarantees Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Peaceably Assemble, Freedom to Petition the Government  for Redress of Grievances, Freedom to Practice Religion and the notion of no state-mandated religion.  We are going to discuss the last two in depth next week and will focus on the first four this week.  Freedom of Speech and the Press are pretty...

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Ep. 135 - Countdown To Bill of Rights Day: History of the Bill of Rights! show art Ep. 135 - Countdown To Bill of Rights Day: History of the Bill of Rights!

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We are kicking off a new series today focusing on the Bill of Rights.  Hopefully we all know the Bill of Rights are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution and enshrine some of the most basic tenets of liberty and freedom we know today.  But what do we know beyond that?  What do we know about how it came to pass through ratification and the debate between the Federalists and Anti-federalists on this issue?  And why was James Madison, one of our country’s Founders and Father of the Constitution so opposed to its passage initially, and how and why did he become its...

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Ep. 134 - Countdown to Constitution Day: Wrap up-Fixing Lack Of Constitutional Knowledge In The U.S. show art Ep. 134 - Countdown to Constitution Day: Wrap up-Fixing Lack Of Constitutional Knowledge In The U.S.

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It’s been called “The Miracle at Philadephia.”  Though most of us, we hope, know our Constitution was an experiment in self-government, do we really understand how revolutionary it was in the late 18th century to create such a government or the struggles endured to see it signed and ratified?  The Founders believed for this experiment to succeed, the document itself wasn’t enough.  The principles contained therein have to be in the heart and minds of Americans.  In that way, those principles give the document life and animate it.  According to our special...

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