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A. Explain what is meant by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

1. How does this impact the press? Does it give the press/media too much power? How does this impact trials and pretrial processes.

2. Give a case summary outline(see below) of a constitutional first amendment case that has a major impact on the freedom of the press and explain its significance. You can find this via a TU Library search. It is your choice of case but find one that has implications for criminal procedures.

B. Give the case summary, format below, of Rummel v. Estelle, 445 U.S. 263 (1980). What is its significance?

C. Using the below outline, complete one on Costello v. United States, 350 U.S. 359.

Give case number/year, then:

1. FACTS: 2-3 sentences summarizing the important facts.

2. ISSUE: Usually there is only one issue in a case. It generally asks a constitutional question or raises a constitutional issue and set out why a case is important.

3. HOLDING: The holding generally answers the constitutional question raised or addresses the issue raised.

4. REASONING: (The most difficult part of the brief.) Explain why the court held or decided the way it did. It should be approximately 4 sentences.

5. CASE SIGNIFICANCE: 3+ sentences which will include the impact on law enforcement or corrections personnel.

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Question 1 A

The first amendment to the United States Constitution was established to ensure that
there is freedom of expression, religion, speech, press and the assembly of people (Schmidt,
1976). Additionally, this amendment led to petitioning the government for redressing all
grievances. We note that the first amendment ensured that the Congress should not in any way
establish a religion or acting in a manner which calls for worship of a particular religion at the
expense of another. Additionally, the freedom of speech shall not be in any way be curtailed
from happening to any individual. There is no arm which has the capacity and capability of
preventing people from legally assembling if there is no probable cause for the authority restrict
We note that the press is one of the elements which are affected by the first amendment.
Therefore, the power of people to speak out their opinions, write or publish them in the social
media or the mainstream media has been cemented and enshrined in the first amendmen...

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