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Roe vs. Wade (1973) - The key case that legalised abortion in the USA. Many conservatives want this reversed., Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) - A landmark case which defined segregation as unconstitutional in schools., DC vs. Heller (2008) - The first Supreme Court case to use the second ammendement to defend an individuals rights to bear arms for self-defence., Lawrence vs. Texas (2003) - Brought about the recognition of gay rights, Hamadan vs. Rumsfeld (2006) - Legal representation for detainees guarenteed, Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) - Reenforced the legal standing of 'Separate but Equal', Boumediene vs. Bush (2008) - Evidence needed before detention, Marbury vs. Madison (1803) - Landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution, Dred Scott vs. Sandford (1857) - Denied citizenship to African Americans, United States vs. Nixon (1974) - President cannot use executive privalidge to withhold evidence from a criminal trial, Bush vs.Gore (2000) - No recount of the 2000 election was feasible in a reasonable time period, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (2010) - Corporations and Unions can spend unlimited ammounts on elections, Obergefell vs. Hodges (2015) - Same-sex marriage legalised across all 50 US states, Engel vs. Vitale (1962) - Ruled it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools ., Gideon vs. Wainwright (1963) - Criminal defendants have the right to an attorney, even if they cannot afford to pay for one, Buckley vs. Valeo (1976) - Unconstitutional to restrict self-funding: Private wealth exempt from the act, California vs. Bakke (1978) - Supreme Court rules that university racial quotas were unconstitutional. , Texas vs. Johnson (1989) - the burning of the American flag was seen as an expression of free speech and something that shouldn't be curtailed because some find it offensive, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (1992) - TRAP laws deemed constitutional as long as they don't place a 'substantial burden' on mothers seeking an abortion, Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale (2000) - James Dale's expulsion from his leadership role, based on his sexuality, is deemed constitutional, National Federation of Independent Business vs. Sebelius (2012) - Deems provisions of the Affordable Care Act as constitutional., Gonzales v Carhart (2007) - The court upheld federal law banning an abortion procedure used in late pregnancy (partial abortion), Uttecht v Brown (2007) - Made it easier for prosecutors to have anyone with doubts about the death penalty removed from the jury if a death sentence was a potential verdict, Kennedy V Louisiana (2008) - Held that the 8th amendment prohibits imposing the death penalty for the rape of a child in cases where death of the child was not caused or intended. ,

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