U.S. Supreme Court Bill of Rights Case
For this assignment, you will analyze one U.S. Supreme Court criminal case decision dealing with a Bill of Rights issue. You must include the facts of the case (i.e., what happened), the holding of the court (i.e., what the court decided), and the reasoning for that decision. Additionally, explain how the constitutional right is practically applied to protect the individual and/or society as a whole. Provide your personal opinion on the relative strength and/or weakness of this constitutional issue moving forward in the 21st century. Select one of the following five options:
You may examine a different case, but you must obtain instructor approval by Day 3 (Thursday) of Week 2.
Your paper must

Be three to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
Include a separate title page with the following:

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

Use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
Document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
Include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.

 
Article
Bentley, C. (2007). Constrained by the liberal tradition: Why the Supreme Court has not found positive rights in the American Constitution.Brigham Young University Law Review, 6, 1721-1765. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/

The full-text version of this article is available in the EBSCOhost database in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This article explains the concept of “strict construction” of the U.S. Constitution. The rights which protect citizens today must be found in the Constitution or they do not exist.

Legal Materials
Gideon v. Wainwright (Links to an external site.), 372 U.S. 335 (1963).

The right to counsel in criminal cases. This case can be retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1962/1962_155

In re Gault (Links to an external site.), 387 U.S. 1 (1967).

Constitutional rights must be afforded to juveniles. This case can be retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1966/1966_116

Mapp v. Ohio (Links to an external site.), 367 U.S. 643 (1961).

Evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment may not be used in a criminal trial. This case can be retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1960/1960_236

Miranda v. Arizona (Links to an external site.), 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

Fifth Amendment rights must be read to a suspect prior to custodial interrogation. This case can be retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1965/1965_759

Terry v. Ohio (Links to an external site.), 392 U.S. 1 (1968).

Reasonable suspicion required for officer to conduct “stop and frisk.” This case can be retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1967/1967_67

Multimedia
PBS. (2004, June 17). The plea (Links to an external site.)[Television series transcript]. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/plea/

Examination of plea bargaining in the United States.

Web Pages
Bill of Rights Institute. (n.d). Bill of Rights – Bill of Rights Institute. Retrieved from https://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

This web page provides information on the Bill of Rights.

United States Courts. (n.d.). History (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/ProbationPretrialServices/History.aspx

This web page provides a salient overview to the history of probation and post-incarceration release supervision in the United States.

 
Text
Spohn, C., & Hemmens, C. (2012).  Courts: A text/reader  (2nd ed.). Sage.

Section III: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
Section VI: Plea Bargaining and Trial Dynamics

Article
Kerr, O. S. (2007). How to read a legal opinion: A guide for new law students (Links to an external site.).The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.volokh.com/files/howtoreadv2.pdf

This article explains the essential elements of reading a published, criminal case.

Web Pages
Cornell University Law School. (n.d.). Bill of rights (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights

Provides a synopsis of each amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Cornell University Law School. (n.d.). Criminal procedure (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/criminal_procedure

Defines criminal procedure and provides helpful links to other, relevant sources.

Cornell University Law School. (n.d.). Substantive due process (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/substantive_due_process

Provides a comprehensive definition of substantive due process in criminal law.

 

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