constitutional law

confrontation clause

Confrontation Clause refers to the provision in the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that "in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right...to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”

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congressional power

Congressional powers refer to the authority Congress has to create legislation. These powers are enumerated and Article I of the U.S. Constitution creates and defines the powers of Congress. For more on specific congressional powers, see:...

constitution

A constitution is the most fundamental law of a sovereign body. The term is capitalized only when referring to a specific constitution (e.g., U.S. Constitution, Texas Constitution, etc.).

In many cases, "constitution" refers...

constitutional amendment

An amendment is a formal revision or addition to the US Constitution. As per Article V of the Constitution, there are several methods to propose an amendment. Once an amendment is proposed, it requires the approval of ¾ of the states to be...

constitutional avoidance

Constitutional avoidance is the doctrine that, if possible, the Supreme Court should avoid ruling on constitutional issues, and resolve the cases before them on other (usually statutory) grounds.

In practice, this often...

constitutional clauses

The U.S. Constitution (including its Amendments) is made up of hundreds of clauses. Some of the clauses are more important than others; the scope, meaning, and effect of which are the subject of widespread debate. For convenience, these...

constitutional rights

Constitutional rights are the protections and liberties guaranteed to the people by the U.S. Constitution. Many of these rights are outlined in the Bill of Rights; such as the right to free speech in the First Amendment, and the right to a...

corpus

Corpus is a Latin word for "body" which can have several meanings, including referring to the body of the prisoner (as in habeas corpus) in the context of criminal law.

In the context of trust law corpus means the property...

covert propaganda

Covert propaganda refers to media materials prepared by a government agency and then disseminated by a non-government outlet with the source undisclosed. [1] Covert propaganda materials are “misleading as to their origin.” [2] The source must...

crime against nature

Crime against nature is an umbrella term encompassing sexual offenses that are deemed “unnatural” or "contrary to the order of nature." Some jurisdictions have codified laws against the individual offenses. For example, California originally...

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