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Duke Law

2009

Due process of law

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When Insiders Become Outsiders: Parental Objections To Public School Sex Education Programs, Emily J. Brown Oct 2009

When Insiders Become Outsiders: Parental Objections To Public School Sex Education Programs, Emily J. Brown

Duke Law Journal

This Note argues that parents' fundamental right to direct their children's moral and educational upbringing includes the right to exempt their children from objectionable sex education programs in public schools. Schools usurp parents' fundamental rights when they unilaterally introduce children to topics of human sexuality without parental notice or permission. Alleged violations of these rights merit strict scrutiny review from courts. When parents' objections are confined to discrete, tangible events, parents are constitutionally entitled to exempt their children from objectionable activities. The efficacy of this constitutional relief is more limited, however, when parental objections are pervasive and unassociated with a …


Counting Offenses, Jeffrey M. Chemerinsky Jan 2009

Counting Offenses, Jeffrey M. Chemerinsky

Duke Law Journal

Is a criminal defendant who discharges a weapon five times in rapid succession guilty of one crime or several crimes? This question of how to divide charges has vexed legal philosophers and Supreme Court Justices. It is a question of profound importance, but one that legal scholarship has seldom addressed. The answer has an impact on each stage of a criminal justice prosecution. The difference between one charge and multiple charges can affect the likelihood of a plea bargain, the strategy for trial, and, if the defendant is convicted, the length of a prison sentence. This Note, citing numerous examples …