Origins of Criminal Law

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Origins of American Criminal Law

Angel Vance

Scott Levasseur

LEG 320

10/27/13

This weeks assignment is about the Origins of American Criminal Law. In my

paper I am going to talk about the fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution. The

Fourteenth amendment talks about the rights guaranteed privileges and immunities of

citizenship, due process, and equal protection. In section one of this amendment it states:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction

thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State

shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens

of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property,

without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal

protection of the laws.”

In section two it states: “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several

States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in

each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the

choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives

in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the

Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-

one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for

participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be

reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole

number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.”

In section three of the amendment it states: “No person shall be a…...

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