Us Constitution and the Right to Privacy

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The US constitution does not contain a specific right to privacy but the Bill of Rights does imply it. The ninth amendment of the Bill of Rights reads “the bill of rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people”. This amendment states that the rights of the people that are not specifically named are still equally important as the ones that are. Since the constitution does not give the government the right to violate privacy, it is said to be the same as retaining the right to privacy for the citizens. It is more of an implied right than an expressed one. Privacy itself is closely related to the law of libel. Libel protects a person’s character and reputation and what most cases involving the first amendment are about. The Supreme Court has inferred a right to privacy from various portions of the Bill of Rights. The first amendment protects the freedoms of speech, press, religion and assembly and also an implied right to privacy in the form of one’s self-expression. It is the need to retain the right of self-expression that causes many court cases to reach the Supreme Court. In the case of New York Times VS Sullivan, the New York Times argued just that. After spending four years in an Alabama court, the New York Times plea was heard in a US federal court before article III judges. In the 1960’s, the civil rights movement was gaining awareness and momentum. As a result, the leaders of the movement took out an ad titled “Heed their Rising Voices” in the New York Times to help raise needed funds to continue the work of the civil rights leaders to allow them to continue the fight for their cause. In this ad, some of the allegations being made about the actions being taken by some police in Alabama were exaggerated and some were untrue. For example, the ad said that police “ringed” a college where protestors were, but this charge was exaggerated. The ad also contained the false statement: “When the entire student...
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