Every state constitution contains provisions for the protection of individual rights and liberties. Each state constitution is different. Although many provisions of state constitutions express sentiments similar to the federal Bill of Rights, state constitutions differ from the federal guarantees in language, scope, and the intent of the framers. Traditionally, there has been a tendency on the part of state supreme courts to look to federal court interpretations of the Bill of Rights for guidance in interpreting state declarations of rights. Nothing, however,...
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