Famous Court Decisions

Some of the Supreme Court cases and court decisions stand out in history because of their impact on our society. Match the titles of these better-known cases with the resulting court decisions.

Resources: http://www.landmarkcases.org/

Match the correct items from the drop down on the right with the items on the left.


1. Ruled that anyone arrested must be read a statement of their rights before being questioned or their statements cannot be used as evidence against them in court.

2. Ruled that executive privilege has it limits. The president had to turn over tapes as evidence in the Watergate investigation.

3. Ruled school segregation unconstitutional (overturning an earlier decision).

4. Ruled that the government can't stop a person from a dissenting view or action (in this case, flag-burning) because it finds it offensive.

5. The famous separate but equal (for blacks and whites) ruling of 1896.

6. Ruling declares that the Supreme Court can overrule a law of Congress.

7. Ruled that schools cannot require students to say prayers at school.

8. In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that, whether slave or free, "negroes" had not right to bring a lawsuit.

9. Ruled that states could no longer ban abortions.

10. Ruled that a school board cannot ban books from a school library just because someone doesn't agree with the ideas in them.

11. A landmark ruling regarding affirmative action; the ruling left confusion and many questions about affirmative action.
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