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Unformatted Document Text:  23. A Catholic priest is publicly accused of child molestation by a person whose younger brother (now age 15) was the alleged victim. The victim told the accuser the story confidentially. The brother later recants and the priest sues the accuser for libel. Gun Control 24. Sammy Smith (age 8) was playing in his parents bedroom when he a found an unloaded gun. Going to the basement, he found ammunition and went to the backyard for target practice. Unfortunately, he wounded a next door neighbor. In the uproar, the town council passed a law barring any individual from keeping a gun in his home. The NRA sues the town. The neighbors are also suing the gun manufacturer for selling a deadly weapon without proper safety restrictions. War on Terrorism 25. The National Enquirer wants to print an alleged government memo that confesses the Bush administration knew that Iraq had no chemical or biological weapons prior to the invasion. Government seeks to prevent publication until fighting is over on grounds that memo is a fraud and that publication now would endanger lives. Problems for Civil Rights Immigration 1. The Maryland legislature passed a bill permitting graduates of Maryland high schools who are illegal immigrants to attend state universities at in state tuition rates. Gov. Erhlich vetoed the bill. Immigrant rights organizations argue the failure to provide instate rates violates the 14 th Amendment. A conservative group from Virginia intervenes in the case arguing that permitting instate tuition in Maryland universities for illegal immigrants, but not for Virginia residents would be unconstitutional. 2. Illegal immigrants should have the same judicially enforced access to public housing and welfare as they have to public education? 3. The federal government has determined that states must standardized the information required to obtain drivers licenses and must create tamper proof licenses. The added cost will be about $20 per person. The National Governor’s Association sues, arguing that these requirement violate constitutional provisions on federalism since the granting of these licenses is a state prerogative. 9

Authors: La Noue, George.
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23. A Catholic priest is publicly accused of child molestation by a person whose younger brother
(now age 15) was the alleged victim. The victim told the accuser the story confidentially. The
brother later recants and the priest sues the accuser for libel.
Gun Control
24. Sammy Smith (age 8) was playing in his parents bedroom when he a found an unloaded gun.
Going to the basement, he found ammunition and went to the backyard for target practice.
Unfortunately, he wounded a next door neighbor. In the uproar, the town council passed a law
barring any individual from keeping a gun in his home. The NRA sues the town. The neighbors
are also suing the gun manufacturer for selling a deadly weapon without proper safety
restrictions.
War on Terrorism
25. The National Enquirer wants to print an alleged government memo that confesses the Bush
administration knew that Iraq had no chemical or biological weapons prior to the invasion.
Government seeks to prevent publication until fighting is over on grounds that memo is a fraud
and that publication now would endanger lives.
Problems for Civil Rights
Immigration
1. The Maryland legislature passed a bill permitting graduates of Maryland high schools who are
illegal immigrants to attend state universities at in state tuition rates. Gov. Erhlich vetoed the
bill. Immigrant rights organizations argue the failure to provide instate rates violates the 14
th
Amendment. A conservative group from Virginia intervenes in the case arguing that permitting
instate tuition in Maryland universities for illegal immigrants, but not for Virginia residents
would be unconstitutional.
2. Illegal immigrants should have the same judicially enforced access to public housing and
welfare as they have to public education?

3. The federal government has determined that states must standardized the information required
to obtain drivers licenses and must create tamper proof licenses. The added cost will be about
$20 per person. The National Governor’s Association sues, arguing that these requirement
violate constitutional provisions on federalism since the granting of these licenses is a state
prerogative.
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