In the 2003 case McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. The FEC writes that the decision upheld restrictions on donations to ... More »

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On top of satisfying age and residency requirements, candidates make their way onto ballots by collecting signatures on a petition for their candidacies, meeting required deadlines, or in some cases, meeting a minimum ca... More »

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Reconstruction ended in 1877 when the new U.S. President, Rutherford B. Hayes, ordered all federal troops to leave the southern states. According to Education Portal, that action allowed Democrats to move into the South ... More »

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a landmark case regarding racial segregation in public schools heard by the U.S. Supreme Court from 1952 to 1954, according to the United States Courts. The court found that segr... More »

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In a court of law, a precedent is important because it gives the judges a base guideline to work from when deciding the outcome of a case. Many of the precedents laid down for the courts to follow have been around for ov... More »

Statutory provisions expand on the subject matter of the statute, or law, to provide more information about who the law applies to, when it applies and what the penalties are for violating it. Some statutes direct a citi... More »

About.com explains that the primary outcome of Miranda vs. Arizona (1966) was the creation of "Miranda rights," which must be explained to an individual suspected of a crime before questioning by the authorities. These r... More »