Civil Rights Rulings (Circa 1960's)

During the 1960's the Supreme Court handed down multiple landmark cases in which a new precedence was established.

Baker v. Carr (1962) - "one person, one vote"
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)- "contraceptives are legal"
Jones v. Mayer (1968) - "Housing discrimination illegal"
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) - "Poor must be given lawyer"
Escobedo v. Illinois (1964) - "Rights during arrest"
Miranda v. Arizona (1966) - "Police must explain rights to suspects"

The court also attacked the legal underpinning of McCarthyism, ruling in 1965 that a person need not register with the government as a member of a subversive organization, since doing so would violate constitutional safeguards against self-incrimination.

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