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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.+
Carroll v. United States, 267 U.S. 132 (1925):
Case Description:
Carroll v. United States is a landmark case that established the "automobile exception" to the Fourth
Amendment's warrant requirement. In this case, law enforcement officers stopped and searched an automobile
without a warrant, discovering contraband. The central question was whether the warrantless search of an
automobile was permissible under the Fourth Amendment.
1. What constitutional issue did Carroll v. United States address, and how did the case contribute to the legal
standards surrounding the warrantless search of automobiles?
2. Define the standard set forth in Carroll v. United States for determining the constitutionality of
warrantless searches of automobiles and the rationale behind the "automobile exception."
3. Discuss any considerations or factors identified by the Supreme Court in Carroll v. United States that
support the exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement for automobile searches.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Carroll v. United States, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the subsequent Supreme Court decision.
5. How has Carroll v. United States influenced legal standards and police practices related to the warrantless
search of automobiles and the recognition of the "automobile exception"?
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;