unconstitutional :

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uhnkon stuh tooh shuh nuhl

  • a  not consistent with or according to a constitution; contrary to the U.S. Constitution

  • The Oregon School law, directed in the first instance against Roman Catholics, has been declared unconstitutional by the Federal Court in Portland.
  • "Released time" for religious instruction in public-school buildings is also unconstitutional.
  • Legal scholars from both sides of the political spectrum have warned Texas legislators the death penalty for repeat sex offenders would likely be declared unconstitutional.
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  • Anthony Kennedy in Vermont Guardian
    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion in Gonzalez v. Carhart, said the law's opponents "have not demonstrated that the act would be unconstitutional in a large fraction of relevant cases."
  • John Roberts in msnbc.com
    But the First Amendment protects against the government,Roberts wrote. "We would not uphold an unconstitutional statute merely because the government promised to use it responsibly."
  • August Hanning in TIME
    Before we open preliminary proceedings (leading to a ban), we need concrete evidence of unconstitutional activity,August Hanning, a Schaeuble deputy, said. "The security agencies are predominantly of the opinion that there is not...

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