constitutional rights

constitutional rights

n. rights given or reserved to the people by the U. S. Constitution, and in particular, the Bill of Rights (first ten amendments). These rights include: writ of habeas corpus, no bill of attainder, no duties or taxes on transporting goods from one state to another, (Article 1, Section 9), jury trials (Article III, Section 1), freedom of religion, speech, press (which includes all media), assembly and petition (First Amendment), state militia to bear arms (Second Amendment), no quartering of troops in homes (Third Amendment), no unreasonable search and seizure (Fourth Amendment), major ("capital and infamous") crimes require indictment, no double jeopardy (more than one prosecution) for the same crime, no self-incrimination, right to due process, right to just compensation for property taken by eminent domain (Fifth Amendment); in criminal law, right to a speedy trial, to confront witnesses against one, and to counsel (Sixth Amendment), trial by jury (Seventh amendment), right to bail, no excessive fines, and no cruel and unusual punishments (Eighth amendment), unenumerated rights are reserved to the people (Ninth amendment), equal protection of the laws (14th amendment), no racial bars to voting (15th amendment), no sex bar to voting (19th amendment), and no poll tax (24th amendment). Constitutional interpretation has expanded and added nuances to these rights. (See: constitution, Bill of Rights)

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All profess to be content in the Union if all Constitutional rights can be maintained.
Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their CONSTITUTIONAL right of amending it, or their REVOLUTIONARY right to dismember or overthrow it.
The rulers of the respective members, whether they have a constitutional right to do it or not, will undertake to judge of the propriety of the measures themselves.
Burke's plea was that although England had a theoretical constitutional right to tax the colonies it was impracticable to do so against their will, that the attempt was therefore useless and must lead to disaster, that measures of conciliation instead of force should be employed, and that the attempt to override the liberties of Englishmen in America, those liberties on which the greatness of England was founded, would establish a dangerous precedent for a similar course of action in the mother country itself.
The detained lawyer had also been at the forefront of recent protests in Gilgit:Baltistan, opposing the imposition of taxes by the federal government without giving basic human and constitutional rights to the subjects.
Hussain said that people of Gilgit Biltistan had been deprived of basic facilities of life and constitutional rights in Karachi, so it was the need of time to provide a better platform to people which could resolve their problems.
Any impeachment proceeding, while political in character, does not take away the constitutional rights of the respondent.
matters relating to amendments in interim Act of 1974, Gilgit Baltistan constitutional rights, good governance in AJK and prevailing situation of human rights in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir.
He said: "We want to apply this right as part of a federal Iraq , and we insist on our constitutional rights .
ARBIL/ Aswat al-Iraq: Kurdish Premier Njirvan Barzani stated that the Kurds are "trying to get their constitutional rights, but Baghdad wants to control everything".
QUETTA, September 20, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Naib-Amir Jamaat Islami Balochistan Chapter, Maulana Hidayat-Ur-Rehman Baloch has said on Monday that the rulers negligence, depriving the province from its constitutional rights and non-recovery of the missing persons is major reason of external interference in provinces internal affairs.
This explanation of the importance of rights in a constitutional democracy, though, illuminates neither what constitutional rights themselves are nor how--to say nothing of how well--they play the role they are assigned within our political culture.

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