Freedom of the Press has been guaranteed by the Constitution for over 200 years. And for nearly as long there has been a debate about where that freedom stops.
“You have the right to remain silent.” Thanks to movies and television, it’s hard to conceive that this simple phrase hasn’t always been a part of our history. But before these words became a common staple of American culture, the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination was virtually impossible to protect.
Then came Ernesto Miranda.
In July 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report with 41 recommendations to improve the security of the United States. Each recommendation was directly tied to an institutional failure that left the country vulnerable to the attacks on September 11th. Since that time, nearly all of their 41 recommendations have been implemented in whole or in part. A key exception was the one recommendation which the 9/11 Commission believed to be among the most important but also the most difficult to realize – fixing the fragmented congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. HOMELAND CONFUSION examines the critical need for congressional reform and the security implications of inaction.
Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio is the story of one of the most iconic cases in the history of the United States Supreme Court. The story might seem made for TV – after all, it’s got a bomb, gambling, a world famous boxing promoter, a determined heroine and a cop who breaks the rules when they get in his way – but to people that study the Constitution, what makes Mapp v. Ohio really exciting is the 4th Amendment.
Both a film and video game, The Bill of Rights tells the story of a struggle that nearly tore the country apart before it had really even been established. But out of their compromise came one of our nation’s most central documents and the foundation for some of our most celebrated freedoms.
A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. tells the story of a remarkable fight for equality and fairness. As Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett says about Lilly Ledbetter, “She was willing to fight hard on behalf of all the other women who still had an opportunity to be treated equally.”
What happens when a legend of American law, Sandra Day O’Connor, sits down with a legend of American music, Wynton Marsalis? A freewheeling conversation about jazz and democracy in America.
Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company tells the story of how one construction worker’s personal injury suit became a fight to protect the Constitutional rights of every person in the United States.