What decision did the Court actually make, and why?

  • Assignment: Choose one of the following  United States Supreme Court cases involving Texas: Texas v. Johnson (1989), Jurek v. Texas (1976), Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016).
  • Go to http://www.oyez.org. Using the search bar at the top, find your chosen case, and click on the “Oral Argument” links. Listen to (or read the transcript of) the actual oral arguments presented to the Supreme Court for the case. (THESE RECORDINGS ARE BETWEEN ONE AND TWO HOURS – PLAN YOUR TIME ACCORDINGLY.)
  • Write an essay answering the following questions: 1) What are the facts of the case? 2) What is the constitutional question that the Court must answer? 3) Which side’s arguments did you find most convincing, and why? You need to cite specific arguments from the Oral Arguments you find convincing and defend them against the opposing side. 4) What decision did the Court actually make, and why?

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