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Perspective

We the people

A periodic photo column exploring our constitutional rights in everyday action.      

By CHRIS ZUPPA
Published April 29, 2007


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  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."
Related links:
  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."

First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."  

On a March Saturday, just after midnight, the news media surrounded Steve Stanton in Largo City Hall with video cameras recording, still cameras clicking, microphones pushed forward. City commissioners had voted to fire Stanton as city manager after his plans for a sex change were leaked to the press. Many Largo residents expressed disdain for Stanton. Supporters responded with their own outrage over the City Council's actions. Media attention exploded. For Stanton, coverage was bittersweet. He lost his sense of privacy. "All the intimate details of my life appeared on the front page of the newspaper, " said Stanton, 48. "Typically, journalists don't have the inclination to educate themselves to the story. There tends to be a more superficial focus on this type of an issue." At the same time, his ordeal created a public debate about transgender rights. "The positive side ... it really put a very human face on something that happens behind closed doors."

[Last modified April 28, 2007, 22:32:06]


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