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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.+
Introduction to Brewer v. Williams:
Brewer v. Williams is a U.S. Supreme Court case from 1977 that addresses the Sixth
Amendment right to counsel and the admissibility of statements made by a suspect during
custodial interrogations after invoking the right to counsel. Answer the following questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Brewer v. Williams address, and how did the case
contribute to the legal standards surrounding the Sixth Amendment right to counsel
and the admissibility of statements?
Brewer v. Williams, a Supreme Court case in 1977, addressed the constitutional issue related to
the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the admissibility of statements obtained in violation of
that right. The case involved the interpretation of the "Massiah rule," which prohibits the
government from deliberately eliciting incriminating statements from a defendant who has
already been formally charged and has the right to counsel.
In Brewer v. Williams, the defendant, Robert Williams, had been charged with the kidnapping
and murder of a young girl. Williams had an attorney, and while he was in custody, the attorney
specifically told law enforcement not to question Williams in his absence. However, the police
engaged in what the Supreme Court deemed to be a "Christian burial speech" – a conversation
with Williams that persuaded him to lead them to the victim's body.
The Supreme Court held that Williams' actions in leading the police to the body constituted a
statement, and because it occurred after the defendant had been charged and had invoked his