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        The Supreme Court | Lesson Plans: The Power and Importance of Precedent in the Decisions of the Supreme Court

        This lesson plan has students examine the role of precedent in Supreme Court decisions and explores why precedents are usually followed and what justices take into consideration when they overturn precedents. Students will analyze the case of Dickerson v. United States (2000), which most Court watchers predicted Chief Justice William Rehnquist would use to overturn the precedents established in Miranda v. Arizona (1966). Finally, students will trace the Miranda decision to Yarborough v. Alvarado (2004), a case that answered the question of whether juveniles are entitled to special procedures for Miranda warnings.

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