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Amendments V and XIV to the United States Constitution each contain a clause enshrining "due process." The Supreme Court interprets these clauses as providing protections for individuals and corporations alike. Procedural due process requires adherence to law during civil and criminal proceedings. Substantive due process in civil and criminal proceedings restricts the power of governments to enact laws that exceed their constitutional authority. Vague laws are prohibited as being inherently in contradiction to due process.

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