English II-Research Project “For justice to be done, judges must be free to interpret laws independently, objectively and impartially, without any undue pressure from police, the government, the military, public opinion, or any other interested person.” In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, readers are presented with the idea that courts should serve to be “the great equalizer” (Lee) of society. However, in the case of Tom Robinson’s trial and our own society, this may not always be the reality. For this assignment, you will be researching landmark Supreme Court cases in order to form an opinion about whether or not the highest court in our nation made the correct decision. Your paper will follow the following structure: Introduction o Grabber : Important quote from the actual case verdict o Focus Statement: General overview of the case What happened? Who was involved? What precedent did the case set? (Why was it important) o Thesis Statement: Did the Supreme Court make the right decision (thesis)? Why or why not (reasons)? Body Paragraph 1 o Specifics about the origins of the case (background information) Body Paragraph 2 o Information about the trial Initial trial(s) before the case came before the Supreme Court Body Paragraph 3 o Verdict What did the Supreme Court decide? Who was in the majority? What did they say? Who dissented? What did they say? What precedent did the verdict set? Body Paragraph 4 o Your claim as to why the Supreme Court’s decision was correct or incorrect o Your reasons + evidence supporting your claim Body Paragraph 5 o Opposing opinions o Reasons and evidence why the opposing opinions are wrong Conclusion o Modified Focus Statement o Modified Thesis o o Any information about the case being upheld or overturned later Challenge You may choose from any of the cases on this list: Abrams v. United States (Dissent) Lawrence v. Texas Adkins v. Children's Hospital Lochner v. New York Barron v. Baltimore Marbury v. Madison Boerne v. Flores Martin v. Hunter's Lessee Bowers v. Hardwick McCulloch v. Maryland Brown v. Board Minersville School District v. Gobitis (Dissent) Bush v. Gore Miranda v. Arizona Casey v. Planned Parenthood Plessy v. Ferguson (Dissent) Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge (Dissent) Plessy v. Ferguson Regents of University of California v. Bakke Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge Reynolds v. Sims Cherokee Indian cases Roe v. Wade (Dissent) Cooley v. Board of Wardens Roe v. Wade Cooper v. Aaron Schechter v. U.S. Dred Scott v. Sandford (Dissent) Schenck v. U.S. Dred Scott v. Sandford Slaughterhouse Cases (Dissent) Ex parte Milligan Slaughterhouse Cases Fletcher v. Peck Stenberg v. Carhart Frontiero v. Richardson Swift and Co. v. U.S. Gibbons v. Ogden U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Gideon v. Wainwright U.S. v. E. C. Knight Griswold v. Connecticut U.S. v. Lopez Grutter v. Bollinger; Gratz v. Bollinger Hamdam v. Rumsfeld U.S. Steel Workers of America v. Weber (Dissent) Korematsu v. United States (Dissent) West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish Here are the links to a few sites to get your research started: 1. This site is where you should begin your research. It provides a general overview of each of the landmark cases listed above. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark.html 2. This site provides information about the more notable Supreme Court cases: http://www.streetlaw.org/en/landmark/home 3. Here is a link to the CHS library web page that identifies many quality research sites: http://www.coronadocougars.net/ Requirements: Typed MLA Format Times New Roman 12 pt. font Double Spaced Turnitin.com (submitted and receipt attached to the back of your paper) At least three sources. One must be PRINT o All sources must be credible. See handout! Important Dates: 2/28-3/2: MAC cart available in class for research 2/29: Topic Proposal Due 3/2: Note cards due 3/9: Final Draft due Research Paper Topic Proposal Due Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Your Research Topic Proposal must be formatted as follows: Name Professor’s name Class Date Case chosen: Reasoning (1 paragraph [8 sentences minimum] explaining why you chose this case): Thesis Statement: In the case of ____________ , the United States Supreme Court was (correct/ incorrect) in its decision because of ___________________, ________________, ________________. *This assignment must be typed, Times New Roman 12 pt., double spaced.