The Supreme Court case known as Kelo v. City of New London was controversial because it ________.
- allowed greater use of the power of eminent domain
- regulated popular ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber
- limited the application of the death penalty
- made it harder for police to use evidence obtained without a warrant
Which of the following rights is not protected by the Sixth Amendment?
- the right to trial by an impartial jury
- the right to cross-examine witnesses in a trial
- the right to remain silent
- the right to a speedy trial
The double jeopardy rule in the Bill of Rights forbids which of the following?
- prosecuting someone in a state court for a criminal act he or she had been acquitted of in federal court
- prosecuting someone in federal court for a criminal act he or she had been acquitted of in a state court
- suing someone for damages for an act the person was found not guilty of
- none of these options
The Supreme Court has decided that the death penalty ________.
- is always cruel and unusual punishment
- is never cruel and unusual punishment
- may be applied only to acts of terrorism
- may not be applied to those who were under 18 when they committed a crime
Explain why someone accused of a crime might negotiate a plea bargain rather than exercising the right to a trial by jury.
Someone accused of a crime may take a plea bargain because it reflects a clear path forward rather than the uncertainty of a trial. Typically plea bargains result in weaker punishments than does a court trial.
Explain the difference between a criminal case and a civil case.