Over-Due Process: Selective Incorporation, Federalism, and the Warren Court


  • Sarah R. Warren


selective incorporation, Earl Warren, Supreme Court, Federalism, Due Process


Selective incorporation played a role in adapting federalist principles to the constitutional standards of post-Reconstruction Era America. This project seeks to determine the extent of that role under Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren by analyzing constitutional jurisprudence before, immediately following, and almost a century after the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment by focusing on several key cases, including Barron v. Baltimore (1833), Palko v. Connecticut (1937), Robinson v. California (1962), and Griswold v. Connecticut (1965). My analysis indicates that the rulings and chronology of these cases demonstrate the principled, but not flawless, manner in which the Warren Court adapted Federalist ideals into compatibility with the Fourteenth Amendment through selective incorporation.


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