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Research Paper: Part 1 – Cases Summary Instructions
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Strayer University
CRJ 310 - Law Enforcement Operations and Management
Research Paper: Part 1 – Cases Summary Instructions
Since 1963, a series of United States Supreme Court case decisions have clarified that in+criminal+cases,
prosecutors must disclose to the defense evidence favorable to the defendant. This includes information
that may be used to impeach the credibility of government witnesses, including+law+enforcement
officers. These decisions mean that police officers who have documented histories of lying in official
matters are liabilities to their agencies, and these histories may render them unable to testify credibly.+
Summarize the main issues that are involved in the following United States Supreme Court cases. You
must have pages, not including your title page.+
Introduction to Berghuis v. Thompkins :
Berghuis v. Thompkins is a U.S. Supreme Court case from 2010 that deals with the waiver of the right
to remain silent during police interrogations. Answer the following questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Berghuis v. Thompkins address, and how did the case contribute to
the legal standards surrounding the waiver of the right to remain silent?
2. Discuss the significance of the Miranda decision in the context of custodial interrogations and
the impact of Berghuis v. Thompkins on the requirements for a valid waiver of the right to
remain silent.
3. Analyze the Supreme Court's decision in Berghuis v. Thompkins regarding the defendant's
silence during police questioning and its admissibility in court.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Berghuis v. Thompkins, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the Supreme Court's decision.
5. How has Berghuis v. Thompkins influenced legal practices and the understanding of the right to
remain silent during police interrogations?
Grading Rubric.
Criteria Points
Possible Points
Earned Instructor’s Comments All key components of the case are explained. 20
Clear, logical !ow to paper. 20
Major points are stated clearly. 20
Major points are supported by the following:
1. Lecture material or Scripture;
2. Good examples (per,nent conceptual or personal examples are acceptable);
and 3. Though0ul analysis (considering assump,ons, analyzing implica,ons, comparing/contras,ng concepts) 20