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Constitutional Law Research Question
« on: July 05, 2011, 02:51:53 PM »
Having not yet taken Con-Law what are some good cases to find 3rd party (non-government) involved cases involving issues of constitutional law?

As in, Billy-Bob suing Thelma for enslaving him for 5 years and selling him to Ricky-Bobby for $5,000. Billy-Bob is suing under the 13th amendment.

Can he? What cases involving constitutional law application to parties when neither is the government are really out there?


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Re: Constitutional Law Research Question
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 07:54:23 PM »
Not sure if this is what you are talking about.

Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 

Gives parents a due process right to rear their children. Grandma trying to take custody of her children's children.

I think there are a lot of due process claims. BMW v. Gore 517 U.S. 559 and State Farm Insurance v. Campbell 538 U.S. 408 ( were also con law issues under due process regulating punitive damages. So I think there are a lot of due process issues between private parties. It would just be illegal if slavery was done if two people sold someone as a slave that would also be a due process violation. This is my understanding, but maybe I am wrong.