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ANSWERS TO SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS

1.  No, because the case does not involve a federal question. The federal judicial power extends, by Article III, Section 2, to cases arising under the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. That power does not extend to cases decided solely on state-law grounds. Here, although the Ames due process clause may have mirrored the language of the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process Clause, the state decision was solely based on the Ames courts’ interpretation of the Ames constitution. Since no federal issue was involved, the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction (whether by appeal or by certiorari).

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