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Should the Court defer to the President's expertise on national security? Go deeper into the deference argument and see how the Court will analyze the issue.
Part I: How do the legal claims in this case differ from the same-sex marriage case?
The Supreme Court may invoke the "political question" doctrine to avoid this case. Learn why a political gerrymander case might be outside the judiciary's province.
The Immigration and Nationality Act says foreign residents who serve time twice for a "crime of violence" can be deported. Is the definition of "crime of violence" well enough defined, or does it violate the Constitution?
Can you sign away your right to bring a class action against your employer?
Does the travel ban disfavor Islam? Go deeper into the establishment clause argument, including learning case precedent on the issue.
Learn the basic arguments on each side and the rulings of the lower courts.
Learn about Trinity Lutheran Church v. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Why did Missouri's strong version of the Establishment Clause violate Constitutional Free Exercise?
About Courts Generally:
Courts resolve disputes.
Disputes are arguments between people based on laws.
Courts decide whether the law supports the person who filed the case or the person sued.
Cases start in trial court. Losers at trial court can appeal. The Supreme Court is the last stop.
State vs. federal
Only some cases belong in federal court.
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