1. What are fighting words? How do these legally differ from hate speech or profanity?
2. What does the Eighth Amendment address, and how is this applied to criminal justice?
3. Explain what “equal protection under the law” means and how it applies in criminal law.
You are a police officer working in the city. You see a group of youths on the corner of a busy intersection in the downtown area. They are standing around talking. You suspect they are involved in a drug transaction, because you recognize one of them as a member of a drug ring.
What constitutional rights does the youth you recognize have that might prohibit you from taking any police action against him at this time?