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MCBA President’s Message: 14th Amendment protects Americans’ freedom

The 14th Amendment was enacted in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War. In what had been a fierce and ongoing constitutional battle between state rights and federal power, the 14th Amendment in essence made the federal courts the ultimate guardian of every American citizen’s individual rights of due process and equal protection, irrespective ...

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