By Jr. Otis H.(Otis H. Stephens Jr.) Stephens, II John M. Scheb
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The Due Process Clause of Section 1 is the most far-reaching provision of the Fourteenth Amendment. This clause prohibits states from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The courts have distinguished between two aspects of due process: procedural and substantive. • Procedural due process, which embodies the requirements of notice and hearing, requires fundamental fairness in governmental proceedings against individuals. • Substantive due process prohibits government from enforcing policies that are deemed unreasonable, unfair, or unjust, even if they do not violate specific constitutional prohibitions.
This dictum was soon followed by decisions in which the Court relied on the doctrine of incorporation to invalidate state actions abridging the freedoms of speech and press. In Fiske v. Kansas (1927), the Court invalidated a state statute that prohibited mere advocacy of violent action, finding it to be a violation of freedom of speech. Four years later, in Near v. Minnesota (1931), the Court struck down a state law that 24 VOLUME 2 CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES permitted censorship of “malicious, scandalous and defamatory” periodicals, finding it to be a clear violation of freedom of the press.
Happersett (1875), the Court ruled that denying women the right to vote was not a violation of the Privileges or Immunities Clause. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Morrison Waite asserted that national citizenship does not confer a right to vote and that the Fourteenth Amendment in no way deprived states of their powers with respect to determining eligibility to vote. Given this very restrictive interpretation of the Privileges or Immunities Clause, it is not surprising that the Clause has generated very little constitutional litigation.