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Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

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Cases from the War on Terrorism

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush declared a “war on terrorism.” Part of this war on terrorism involved the passage of new laws, establishment of warning systems, and increased surveillance.  The Supreme Court heard several cases involving the detention of persons alleged to be “enemy combatants.”  These detentions forced many people to reflect on the detentions of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Rasul v. Bush

Directions
  1. Read the Synopsis of Facts: Rasul v. Bush handout.
  2. Complete the legal arguments for each side using the Graphic Organizer: Rasul v. Bush. 
  3. Read the Opinions: Rasul v. Bush handout and discuss which arguments appeared to be most persuasive to the Court. 
  4. Prepare to present the key facts, arguments, and the Court’s decision to the entire class.

Rumsfeld v. Padilla

Directions
  1. Read the Synopsis of Facts: Rumsfeld v. Padilla handout.
  2. Complete the legal arguments for each side using the Graphic Organizer: Rumsfeld v. Padilla.
  3. Read the Opinions: Rumsfeld v. Padilla handout and discuss which arguments appeared most persuasive to the Court. 
  4. Prepare to present the key facts, arguments, and the Court’s decision to the entire class.

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