AP U.S. Gov't & Politics Cases
15 SCOTUS case summaries for redesigned test
In response to the recent AP U.S. Government & Politics course and exam redesign, Street Law has prepared summaries of the 15 identified Supreme Court cases. We've also developed two new companion resources: Using Case Studies in the Classroom , which provides instructions on seven strategies for teaching about...
Roe v. Wade
Abortion, Right to Privacy
Jane Roe was an unmarried and pregnant Texas resident in 1970. Texas law made it a felony to abort a fetus unless “on medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.” Roe filed suit against Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, contesting the statue on...
Marbury v. Madison
Judicial Review, Federalism
At the end of President John Adams’ term, his Secretary of State failed to deliver documents commissioning William Marbury as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia. Once President Thomas Jefferson was sworn in, in order to keep members of the opposing political party from taking office, he told...
Miranda v. Arizona
Self-Incrimination, Due Process
Ernesto Miranda was arrested after a crime victim identified him, but police officers questioning him did not inform him of his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, or of his Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of an attorney. While he confessed to the crime, his attorney later argued that his...