Constitutional Rights

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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 and the right to a speedy and public trial. Even though these rights are expressly stated, their proper interpretation and scope has been the subject of many Supreme Court decisions. Additionally, not all rights protected by the U.S. Constitution are explicitly stated. Some are implied or unenumerated, like the right to privacy.

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[Last updated in May of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]