Privacy is right to be left alone by government. Based on 1st, 3rd, 4th
amendments. 1st amendment protects speech, press, religion, assembly. 3rd limits quartering of
troops. 4th deals with unreasonable search and seizure in their persons, houses, papers, effects.
No general writs. SCOTUS extends Griswol v CT 1965: strict ban on contraceptives even for
married couples. People have right to privacy.
Difficult issues include testing for drugs, AIDS, privacy rights for
students and minors, speech codes on campus, protest at funerals (Snyder v Phelps 2011), public
support for religion (parochial schools and curriculum, faith based prisons, nativity scenes0,
definition of speech (symbolic speech), abortion (late term, mandated ultrasound testing), gay
rights (2012 3 states pass same sex marriage referendum for 1st time)
Participation: Based originally on article 1 and 1st amendment. Expanded