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chapter 4

civil liberties freedom to think and act without government interference or fear of unfair government
censorship the banning of print materials or films due to alarming or offensive ideas
petition a formal request for government action a process by which candidates who are affiliated with one of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general election in most states.
slander spoken untruths that are harmful to someones reputation.
libel written untruths that are harmful to someones reputation
search warrant a court order allowing law enforcement officers to search suspects home or business and take specific items as evidence
indictment a formal charge by a grand jury
grand jury a group of citizens whether there is sufficient evidence to accuse someone of crime
double jeopardy putting someone on trial for a crime of which he or she was previously acquitted for.
due process following established legal procedures
emient domain the right of government to take private proverty from public use.
bail a sum of money used as a security deposit to ensure that an accused person returns for his or her trial
suffrage the right to vote
poll tax a sum of money required of voters before they are permitted to cast a ballot
discrimination unfair treatment based on prejudice against a certain group
segregation the social separation of the races
civil rights the rights of full citizen ship and equality under the law
affirmative action programs intended to make up for past discrimination be helping minority groups and women gain access to jobs and opportunities
racial profiling singling out an individual as a suspect due ti appearance of ethnicity