Our Rights Under The 14th Amendment

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We've all heard that we're entitled to due process of law and equal protection of the laws, Those rights come straight from the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. But while the words are simple enough, trying to define exactly what due process and equal protection mean has been a difficult endeavor, and the subject of more lawsuits than you can imagine. These concepts basically make up the core of our most fundamental civil rights. For instance, under procedural due process we're entitled to notice and a hearing before our property or our liberties can be taken away. And substantive due process basically means that we have certain fundamental rights that the government simply cannot interfere with. Finally, the 14th Amendment guarantees that "No state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This part of the 14th Amendment formed part of the basis for the famous case of Brown v. Board of Education, which dismantled school segregation, with the ruling that “separate is not equal.”

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