Topics for Alpha Essay #1 (Due 22 Sep. in class)

Write an essay on one of these topics:


  1. Would a Constitutional amendment requiring legislation to be consistent with Mill’s “harm principle” undermine or enhance the public good?


  1. For the guarantees of the Bill of Rights to be effective, must there be a “penumbra” of rights that creates zones of privacy free of government interference?


  1. Does that fact that 98 wrongful convictions – the person convicted was innocent of the crime – in death penalty cases have been discovered since 1973 indicate that existing civil liberties designed to protect the accused are insufficient and that stronger guarantees are needed?


The essay should be 800-1000 words in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman or Book Antiqua and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) There must be a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.


If you have not already reviewed the guidelines for writing a good essay, do so.