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Chapter 4

TermDefinition
Civil Liberties Freedoms think & act without government inference or fear of unfair legal treatment.
Censorship The banning of printed materials or films due to alarming or offensive ideas.
Petition A formal request for government action
Slander Spoken untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation.
Libel Written untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation.
Search Warrant A court order allowing law enforcement officers to search a suspect's home or business & take specific items as evidence.
Indictment A formal charge by a grand jury
Grand Jury A group of citizens that decides whether their is sufficient evidence to accuse someone of a crime.
Double Jeopardy Putting someone on trial for a crime of which he or she was previously acquitted
Due Process Following established legal procedures
Eminent Domain The right of government to take private property for 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 votes before they are permitted to cast a ballot.
Discrimination Unfair treatment based on prejudiced against a certain group.
Segregation The social separation of races.
Civil Rights The right of full citizenship & equality under the law
Affirmative Action Programs intended to make up for past discrimination by helping minority groups and women gain access to jobs & opportunities.
Racial Profiling Singing out an individual as a suspect due to appearance of ethnicity
Created by: Brianlopez464