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Does a state “implied consent” law that authorizes a blood draw from an unconscious motorist violate the Fourth Amendment?

In May 2013, police officers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, found Gerald Mitchell apparently intoxicated near Lake Michigan. Mitchell’s van was nearby. Officers administered a breath test on site, and then drove Mitchell to the station. Officers then drove Mitchell to the hospital for a blood draw. Although Mitchell was by that time unconscious, an officer read Mitchell a statement required by Wisconsin’s “informed-consent” law and ordered hospital personnel to administer a blood draw. Results showed a blood-alcohol content of .222. Based on this evidence, Mitchell was charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated.  

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Does a 40-Foot-High Latin Cross Erected to Honor WW I Veterans Violate the Establishment Clause?

In this case, the Court has an opportunity to clarify the meaning of the Establishment Clause in the context of a 40-foot cross erected as a memorial to fallen World War I soldiers. Is the monument a permissible civic recognition of fallen war veterans or an impermissible advancement and promotion of Christianity?

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Using PREVIEW in the Classroom

A current case before the Court is featured each month along with a modified case study and focus questions for classroom use.

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