Griswold vs. Connecticut and Gonzales vs. Carhart

1. Consider Justice Black’s dissent in Griswold v. Connecticut. Is it consistent with his views in Adamson v. California (see Chapter 9)? Katz v. United States (see Chapter 10)? Discuss (200 Words or more)

2. In Gonzales v. Carhart, Justice Kennedy insists that the Court remains faithful to Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (Casey). Justice Ginsburg insists that the majority refuses to take Casey seriously. Analyze then decide who you think is correct. Support your decision. (200 Words or more)

3. In his opinion in Griswold v. Connecticut, why did Justice Douglas rely on “penumbras” from the Bill of Rights rather than the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause (see Chapter 9)? Explain. (200 Words or more).

4. What constitutional issue confronted the Court in Dennis v. United States (1951)? How was the case decided? Explain. What does Justice Frankfurter’s concurring opinion in the case reveal about his view of the proper role of the Supreme Court in the resolution of conflicts between governmental power and individual rights? Explain. (200 Words or more).


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