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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 4 Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, 412 U.S. 218 (1973):
Case Description:
Schneckloth v. Bustamonte dealt with the issue of voluntary consent to search during a police encounter.
In this case, the defendant was a passenger in a car stopped by the police, and the officers requested
consent to search the vehicle. The defendant consented, leading to the discovery of evidence. The
Supreme Court had to determine whether the consent was given voluntarily, considering the
circumstances surrounding the encounter.
Questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Schneckloth v. Bustamonte address, and how did the case
contribute to the legal standards surrounding the voluntariness of consent to search during police
encounters?
2. Define the standard set forth in Schneckloth v. Bustamonte for determining when consent to
search is voluntary and whether the defendant was aware of their right to refuse.
3. Discuss any factors identified by the Supreme Court in Schneckloth v. Bustamonte that are
relevant to assessing the voluntariness of consent.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, emphasizing
the circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the subsequent Supreme Court decision.
5. How has Schneckloth v. Bustamonte influenced legal standards and police practices related to
obtaining consent for searches during encounters with individuals?
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: