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When our founding fathers sat down to prepare the document which would guide this fledgling nation on to become a powerful force in the world and an example to all of Democratic government they designed a document with many vague twists and turns Wanting to protect the individual freedoms of its citizens while providing a strong central base the Constitution delegates the powers of the federal government but also includes clauses which limit the extent of that power Liberty a term that can be found throughout the document was something deemed fundamental and was to be protected What is liberty Throughout history the courts have grappled with this job of defining liberty They have acknowledged economic as well as private rights under liberty yet have remained very stingy in creating a more far reaching definition that can be used as a standard by which to judge other cases How should the courts determine liberty What kinds of liberty should be protected by the Constitution I believe that liberty includes many things It ought to protect citizens from government intrusion into their private economic and spiritual lives The framers of the Constitution intended for the government of the nation to rule so as to create order not to limit freedom The courts today need to examine what the word liberty means within the context of the framers then adapt it toward issues facing society today Throughout the course of my reading I have seen the Supreme Court work through these issues and come closer to the answer of what is liberty HISTORY LIBERTY IN THE COURTS In 1798 a case came before the Supreme Court Calder v Bull Two couples were involved in a fight over the assets of the deceased N Morrison when a Connecticut law passed which affected the transaction The effect of the law was to reverse a decision of probate court and direct a new hearing of the case in
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