MCJ 6230-Constitutional Law

1 .Consider Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinions in McCulloch v. Maryland and Cohens v. Virginia. Is it plausible to conclude from them that the chief justice was more suspicious of the actions of state legislatures than of Congress? Why, or why not? What do these opinions suggest about Marshall’s vision of the Supreme Court’s role in the young Republic? 2. Explain how Baker v. Carr and Shaw v. Reno, which are viewed as landmarks in establishing a cause of action under the Fourteenth Amendment, are analogous. With what objections from dissenters did Justices Brennan and O’Connor have to contend in their respective majority opinions? 3. What is your opinion on state and federal financial aid to parochial and religious-based schools and universities? 4.Contrast the role of religion in public schools with the role of religion in government-run military academies, such as the Air Force Academy. Give your opinion as to the proper balance. 5. In light of both Myers v. United States (1926) and Humphrey’s Executor v. United States (1935), do you find Chief Justice Rehnquist’s opinion for the majority in Morrison v. Olson (1988) persuasive? Why, or why not?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. You may also use reputable outside sources. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations. Per question 1-5

Course Text- Mason, A. T., & Stephenson, D. G. (2012). American constitutional law: Introductory essays and selected cases (16th ed.). Boston, MA: Longman.

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