The United States of America is a country that is constantly at war. When not at war with the ideologies of other nations, it is at war with itself. We’ve had a lot to deal with—from the Watergate scandal in the uppers echelons of the Administration, to cases involving the most horrific serial crimes, to the no less controversial cases featuring celebrities and their proclivity towards bad behavior. Some controversial cases that have helped mold and define the American justice system are:
Brown v. Board of Education (1954) – Oliver Brown found the segregation of schools during the early 1950s a violation of his constitutional rights and sued the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. He, and twelve other plaintiffs, won the case, and the disintegration of school segregation in the city took place.
Texas v. Johnson (1989) – During the 1984 Republican National Convention, Joey Johnson participated in a political demonstration, and burned the American flag. He was convicted for desecrating a respected object. The Supreme Court reversed the ruling, however, after a strong argument regarding the First Amendment was made.
Roe v. Wade (1973) – Texas law criminalized abortion, and Jane Roe called foul. This controversial case about a woman’s right to abortion and to make decisions about her own body still gives rise to passion and controversy to this day. While the Supreme Court voted 7-2 in Roe’s favor, the fundamental issue involving faith and values remains thorny.
These are cases that are built upon, and continue to shape the ideologies of the average American.