Seniors' Driving Exam Essay

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Judicial Review is the power the judicial branch of the United States government holds to declare whether certain laws are constitutional or unconstitutional. Any law passed by Congress which contradicts what the Constitution says is invalid. Since, in general, the majority rules, it is possible for the legislative branch to make laws that unconstitutionally deprive minorities of rights guaranteed to them under the Constitution. The Supreme Court uses its power of judicial review to declare laws unconstitutional if they violate those rights. We say "Majority rules but the minority has rights."
See you in court!"

"You can't do that. I know my rights!"

"I'm going to take this all the way to the Supreme Court!"

These cliché sentences reflect a core American belief: citizens of the United States can seek redress through the judicial system.

But how do courts protect citizen rights?

How does a case even get to the Supreme Court? How are basic rights preserved? Where do citizens go when freedoms, rights, or equality is threatened? Does justice prevail?

Throughout history, the American people have gone to the courts, seeking justice. The court system, then, is a cornerstone of democracy in the United States.But in reality, does the American justice system uphold these ideals? There are plenty of stories about innocent people held in prison and even prisoners executed for crimes they did not commit. Judicial critics abound. Some protest that the wealthy or the…