• Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics
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    Black Politics — State vs. Nation Centered Power, Part 2: Strategy Implications on Black Politics

    National-Centered Power gives greater authority and responsibility to the federal government. Generally speaking, nation centered powers are limited to those specified in the Constitution. As it relates to black politics, the so-called “Reconstruction Amendments” that were introduced into the Constitution after the Civil War are probably the most significant. These are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the constitution. The thirteenth amendment stated in part that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist in the United States…” but significantly, it goes on to say “… except as punishment for a crime.” Thus, the formal institution of slavery was effectively abolished, but many states found ways of maintaining control over…

  • A Grasp on the Bill of Rights
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    A Grasp on the Bill of Rights

    If you need to remember the Bill of Rights really quickly, using just your hands, here we go. The First Amendment has five rights: Speech, Press, Religion, Petition, and Assembly. The Second Amendment is your right to bear arms. The Third Amendment is your protection from quartering of troops. The Fourth Amendment is your protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment is your right to remain silent, protection from double jeopardy, and right to eminent domain. The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial by jury. The Seventh Amendment is your right to federally sue someone over $20. The Eight Amendment is your protection against cruel and unusual…

  • Bucklew v. Precythe: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Bucklew v. Precythe: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]

    Bucklew versus Precythe is a case involving the question of whether it was cruel and unusual to execute an offender via lethal injection. The two issues then are, number one, whether people who make an as-applied challenge have to show some alternative method that’s feasible and readily implemented and that significantly reduces the chance of extreme suffering. And, number two, if they do have to meet that burden, did Bucklew meet it by proposing nitrogen hypoxia as a method of execution? Bucklew says that the one-drug lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual as to him because his medical condition, the condition called cavernous hemangioma, creates risks of suffering resulting…