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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.+
Task 8 Davis v. United States, 564 U.S. 229 (2011):
Case Description:
Davis v. United States addressed the scope of the "inevitable discovery" exception to the exclusionary
rule. In this case, the police conducted an unconstitutional search, but the government argued that the
evidence would have been inevitably discovered through lawful means. The Supreme Court had to
determine the applicability of the inevitable discovery exception.
Questions:
1. What constitutional issue did Davis v. United States address, and how did the case contribute to
the legal standards surrounding the "inevitable discovery" exception to the exclusionary rule?
2. In what ways might the application of the inevitable discovery exception impact incentives for
law enforcement to conduct constitutional searches?
3. How does Davis v. United States contribute to the broader discussion about balancing the
interests of law enforcement in obtaining evidence and protecting individual Fourth Amendment
rights?
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Davis v. United States, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the subsequent Supreme Court decision.
5. How has Davis v. United States influenced legal standards and police practices related to the
application of the "inevitable discovery" exception to the exclusionary rule?
Grading Rubric.
Criteria Points
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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: