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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.+
United States v. Place, 462 U.S. 696 (1983):
Case Description:
United States v. Place addressed the constitutionality of a brief detention of luggage at an airport based
on suspicion of drug trafficking. In this case, law enforcement detained Place's luggage at an airport for
about 90 minutes to await the arrival of a drug-sniffing dog. The central question was whether such a
detention constituted a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches
and seizures.
1. What constitutional issue did United States v. Place address, and how did the case contribute to
the legal standards surrounding the detention of luggage based on suspicion of criminal activity?
2. Define the standard set forth in United States v. Place for determining the reasonableness of brief
detentions of luggage and the use of drug-sniffing dogs at transportation hubs.
3. Discuss any limitations or guidelines provided by the Supreme Court in United States v. Place
regarding the duration and scope of such detentions.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of United States v. Place, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the subsequent Supreme Court decision.
5. How has United States v. Place influenced legal standards and police practices related to the
detention of luggage and the use of drug-sniffing dogs in transportation settings?
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;