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U.S. Amendments (27)

U.S. Amendments (27)

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U.S. Amendments (27)

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  • Amendment 1

    Freedom of religion (establishment & free exercise clauses), speech, press, assembly, and petition.

  • Amendment 2

    Right to bear arms.

  • Amendment 3

    Prohibits the Housing of Troops without owners consent.

  • Amendment 4

    No "unreasonable" searches and seizures. Exclusionary rule (Weeks v. US, Mapp v. Ohio)

  • Amendment 5

    (1) No Self-Incrimination (Miranda)(2) No Double Jeopardy (defendant cannot be tried again on the same, or similar charges)(3) No deprivation of life liberty or property without "due process of law" (fair treatment)(4) imminent domain--government can take your property but must pay you fair market price.

  • Amendment 6

    The right to counsel in criminal trials. Gideon v. Wainwright held that states must provide indigent defendants with a free lawyer ("public defender"). Right to jury in criminal trials.

  • Amendment 7

    Right to jury in civil trials.

  • Amendment 8

    Government cannot inflict cruel and unusual punishment. Meaning of "cruel" based on "evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society." Categorical bans on death penalty: juveniles, retarded, non-murder crimes...

  • Amendment 9

    Unenumerated Rights Amendment. Citizens have unenumerated rights in addition to those stated in the Constitution. Not been developed by Supreme Court. Not everything can be written down.

  • Amendment 10

    Powers not expressly given to federal government by the Constitution are reserved to states or the people. Also known as "reserved powers amendment" or "states' rights amendment"

  • Amendment 11

    One State cannot be sued by another state

  • Amendment 12

    separation of votes for President and Vice President

  • Amendment 13

    Abolished slavery. First of three "Reconstruction Amendments" passed after Civil War (1865-70)

  • Amendment 14

    (1) All persons born in the U.S. are citizens; (2) no person can be deprived of life, liberty or property without DUE PROCESS OF LAW; (3) no state can deprive a person of EQUAL PROTECTION of the laws. Second of three "Reconstruction Amendments" passed after Civil War.

  • Amendment 15

    States cannot deny any person the right to vote because of race. Third of three "Reconstruction Amendments" passed after Civil War. First Voting Rights Amendment (with 19, 24 & 26)

  • Amendment 16

    Power of Congress to tax income

  • Amendment 17

    Established the direct election of senators (instead of being chosen by state legislatures)

  • Amendment 18


  • Amendment 19

    States cannot deny the right to vote based on gender; women's suffrage.

  • Amendment 20

    Congress begins on January 30th; President starts on January 20th

  • Amendment 21

    Repeal of Prohibition

  • Amendment 22

    Limits the president to two terms; 10 years max.

  • Amendment 23

    Gives Washington DC electoral college votes as if it were a state (DC still has no representation in Congress)

  • Amendment 24

    Abolishes poll taxes

  • Amendment 25

    (1) Succession of VP if president dies or become incapable to do his job.(2) if there is no VP, president must appoint one, and congress must approve

  • Amendment 26

    States cannot deny the right to vote based on age. Lowers voting age to 18

  • Amendment 27

    Congressional pay raises are not begun until the next election; they cannot give themselves a raise.