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Research Paper: Part 1 – Cases Summary Instructions
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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.+
Edwards v. Arizona - Safeguarding the Right to Counsel:
Edwards v. Arizona is a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from 1981 that solidified the right to
counsel during police interrogations and addressed the issue of custodial interrogations after a
suspect has invoked their right to an attorney. Answer the following questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Edwards v. Arizona address, and how did the case
contribute to the legal standards surrounding the right to counsel, specifically focusing
on the protection of a suspect's right to have an attorney present during police
interrogations?
Edwards v. Arizona (1981) addressed the constitutional issue of the right to counsel during
police interrogations, specifically focusing on the protection of a suspect's right to have an
attorney present. The case dealt with the interpretation and application of the Sixth Amendment
to the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right to counsel for individuals accused
of a crime.
In the Edwards case, the defendant, Edwards, had requested an attorney during a police
interrogation. However, the police continued to question him in the absence of an attorney, and
Edwards eventually made incriminating statements. The central issue before the Supreme Court
was whether Edwards' right to counsel had been violated.
The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled in favor of Edwards and established the "Edwards
Rule." The court held that once a suspect invokes their right to counsel, any subsequent attempts
by the police to initiate questioning must be scrupulously honored. The police are prohibited