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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.+
Assignment 3 Brendlin v. California, 551 U.S. 249 (2007):
Case Description:
Brendlin v. California addressed the issue of whether a passenger in a vehicle is "seized" for Fourth
Amendment purposes when the driver is pulled over by law enforcement. The case involved a traffic
stop during which the police discovered drugs in the vehicle. The question before the Supreme Court
was whether the passenger, Bruce Brendlin, was seized under the Fourth Amendment during the traffic
stop.
Questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Brendlin v. California address, and how did the case contribute to
the legal standards surrounding the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers during a traffic stop?
2. Define the standard set forth in Brendlin v. California for determining when a passenger in a
vehicle is considered "seized" for Fourth Amendment purposes during a traffic stop.
3. Discuss the implications of Brendlin v. California on the scope of Fourth Amendment
protections for passengers and the interests of law enforcement during traffic stops.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Brendlin v. California, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the subsequent Supreme Court decision.
5. How Brendlin has v. California influenced law enforcement practices and legal procedures
related to the rights of passengers during traffic stops?
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