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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.+
Escobedo v. Illinois - Expanding the Right to Counsel :
Escobedo v. Illinois is a significant U.S. Supreme Court case from 1964 that played a crucial role
in shaping the right to counsel during police interrogations. Answer the following questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Escobedo v. Illinois address, and how did the case
contribute to the legal standards surrounding the right to counsel, particularly in
the context of police interrogations?
Escobedo v. Illinois, a landmark Supreme Court case in 1964, addressed the constitutional issue
of the right to counsel during police interrogations. The case involved Danny Escobedo, who was
arrested in connection with a murder investigation in Illinois. During police questioning,
Escobedo repeatedly requested to speak with his lawyer, but the police denied his requests.
Ultimately, Escobedo made incriminating statements during the interrogation, which were later
used against him at trial.
The key constitutional issue in Escobedo was whether the denial of Escobedo's right to have his
lawyer present during the police interrogation violated his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
The Sixth Amendment guarantees that "in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the
right... to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled in favor of Escobedo. The majority opinion, written
by Justice Arthur Goldberg, emphasized that once a suspect becomes the focus of a criminal
investigation and is subjected to custodial interrogation, the right to counsel attaches. The Court