Term Definition
civil liberties freedoms to think and act without government interference or fear of unfair legal treatment
censorship the banning of printed materials or films due to alarming or offensive ideas
petition a formal request for government action
slander spoken untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation
libel written untruths that are harmful to someone's reputation
search warrant a court order allowing law enforcement officers to search a suspect's home or business and take specific items as evidence
indictment a formal charge by a grand jury
grand jury a group of citizens that decides whether there is sufficient evidence to accuse someone of a crime
double jeopardy putting someone on trial for a crime of which he or she was previously acquitted
due process following established legal procedures
eminent domain the right of government to take private property for public use
bail a sum of money used as a security deposit to ensure that an accused person returns for his or her trial
suffrage the right to vote
poll tax a sum of money required of voters before hey are permitted to cast a ballot
discrimination unfair treatment based on prejudice against a certain group
segregation the social separation of races
civil rights the rights of full citizenship and equality under the law
affirmative action programs intended to make up for past discrimination by helping minority groups and women gain access to jobs and opportunities
racial profiling singling out an individual as a suspect due to appearance of ethnicity

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