Introduction to the U.S. Constitution
Aer studying this chapter you should understand the following principles, issues, and concepts:
• e purpose of a written constitution. • e issues as to whether or not the United States also have an unwritten constitution. • e impact of the constitutional amendments on the criminal justice system. • e original rst amendment was designed to protect the people from congress. • e right to bear arms under the Second Amendment is not an absolute right. • e Fourth, Fih, and Sixth Amendments are key amendments that have signi-
cant impact on the criminal justice system. • e U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. • e United States has a dual court system: the federal and the state. • e Supreme Court decides only a few cases each year. • Before a court hears a case it must have jurisdiction.