Government Extra Credit Assignment (50 points)



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Government Extra Credit Assignment (50 points)
A landmark case, or landmark decision, is a court decision published by an appeals court or by the Supreme Court, on some matter that is serious or important to a large number of people. A landmark case, once decided, shows the usual way in which the court will rule on such issues in the future, and sometimes sets how lower courts must rule in the case of the same or a similar matter coming before them. It is sometimes referred to as a precedent setting case.
For this assignment you will need to research one of the Supreme Court landmark cases. From your research and using APA format, you will write a paper consisting of at least 4 pages. Your paper MUST be word-processed using a size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and proper citations must be included to avoid plagiarism (visit OWL.com for help). Papers that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted. Please remember that you must use proper capitalization and punctuation. The paper should consist of the following:


  1. Include the background/history of the case.

  2. Describe the Court’s decision.

  3. Describe the majority and dissenting opinions.

  4. Include your opinion. Do you agree with the Court? Why? Why not?

  5. You must have a works cited page.

Landmark cases to choose from are as follows:


Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)

Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Mapp v. Ohio (1961)

Marbury v. Madison (1803)

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)

Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

Regents of the U. of California v. Bakke (1978)

Roe v. Wade (1973)

Texas v. Johnson (1989)

Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)



United States v. Nixon (1974)
This is the link for the OWL formatting and style guide; https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/


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