JUS 531 Week 1 Discussion 1
Explain checks and balances and how that applies to judicial review. Do you think judicial review gives the judicial branch more power than the other branches of government? Why or why not?
JUS 531 Week 1 Discussion 2
Compare and contrast the viewpoint of the Federalists with that of Jefferson’s view of the power of the federal courts
JUS 531 Week 2 Discussion 1
Should the Supreme Court have the authority to review the decisions of the executive branch? What risk is there, if any, to the president’s power as commander-in-chief and head of national security?
JUS 531 Week 2 Discussion 2
What consequences might have developed if President Richard M. Nixon refused the Court’s order to turn over the tapes?
JUS 531 Week 3 Discussion 1
Do the opinions of the Supreme Court give too much power to the federal government, too little power, or about the right amount? Give examples from Supreme Court cases to support your position.
JUS 531 Week 3 Discussion 2
What is the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland?
JUS 531 Week 4 Discussion 1
What was the purpose of the 14th Amendment?
JUS 531 Week 4 Discussion 2
Why were the provisions of the 14th Amendment not included in the original Bill of Rights?
JUS 531 Week 5 Discussion 1
Do you think the language of the statute that the Supreme Court was interpreting in the Schenk case would be considered valid today? Would the language in The Espionage Act of 1917 pass the clear and present danger test today?
JUS531 Week 5 Discussion 2
Why do you think the Supreme Court extended some of the protections of the Bill of Rights to the states through the 14th Amendment, but not others? Why should the Court be selective?
JUS531 Week 6 Discussion 1
Do you think the intent of the Establishment Clause was to prohibit the government from giving any aid to public institutions that include religious education? Why or why not?
JUS 531 Week 6 Discussion 2
Discuss the three tests as defined by the court in the Lemon case. Do you think these three cases inhibit freedom of speech? Explain your answer.
JUS531 Week 7 Discussion 1
Explain the difference between substantive due process and procedural due process. Give examples of both.
JUS 531 Week 7 Discussion 2
Why do you think the Supreme Court moved so slowly in extending the due process clause to the states?
JUS531 Week 8 Discussion 1
Explain the difference between the rational basis test and the strict scrutiny test and how each impacts the burden of proof.
JUS 531 Week 8 Discussion 2
What kinds of classifications do you think the Supreme Court should examine based on the 14th Amendment? Are there any classifications that the court has not reviewed that you think should be reviewed?