Constitution Day 2017
The Confrontation Clause: Crawford v. Washington
The Sixth Amendment’s confrontation clause gives the accused the right “to be confronted with the witnesses against him”  at a criminal trial. This film uses the Supreme Court case Crawford v. Washington to help explain the history and importance of the confrontation clause and why the framers knew it would be crucial to an effective system of justice. A lesson plan, Understanding the Confrontation Clause, accompanies this video.

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Sign up for "Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases," an on-demand course that starts with the creation of the Constitution and wraps up with modern issues and how the Constitution is applied to them. The course includes 24 short videos, a study guide, and quizzes. University of Pennsylvania law professor Kermit Roosevelt is the lecturer.

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