At the time of the adoption of the Nevada Constitution in 1864, the federal Bill of Rights had been held not applicable to the states. In the 1833 case of Barron v. Baltimore, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the limitations included within the first ten amendments restricted only the federal government, not the states. Consequently, states were free to infringe upon speech and press and could deny due process to criminal defendants without violating the U.S. Constitution. The only restrictions that were applicable to the states were a few civil-liberties...
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