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The Slaughterhouse Cases: What privileges and immunities
In the Slaughterhouse Cases of 1873 - a collection of suits arising out of a New Orleans law regulating butchers - represented the Court\'s first (mis)interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. In an opinion that virtually ignored the stated intents of the Amendment\'s framers, the Court ruled that the rights enumerated in the first eight amendments were not among the "privileges and immunities" of American citizenship. Slaughterhouse severely curtailed the federal judiciary\'s ability to serve as a remedy for anyone affected by discriminatory or unconstitutional state legislation.