Criminal Procedure

Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Constitutional Criminal Procedure was by far my favorite class so far in law school. The class is demanding, as there are dozens of Supreme Court cases that must be read by all students in order to grasp the underlying constitutional foundation and to understand the trends in criminal procedure jurisprudence. There are several important lines of cases, such as the Miranda v. Arizona line of cases, that start with an important rule of law and then tend to retreat on the original strong holding.  It is important to understand how each case in a particular line of cases changes or explains the principal law. I have tried to highlight some of the most important points in the "Comments" section after each case.

My case briefs are by no means perfect. I have not edited these briefs, so they largely appear as they did when I wrote them for class. I encourage each person to develop their own way of briefing. My way can make for lengthy briefs, but I tend to only focus on the important rules of law that emerge and ignore the rest of what I wrote. It would probably be best to review my course outline to see what the most important points are from each case and then go from there. I will try to add more tools and resources to this section in the future, as I do enjoy criminal procedure. If you have any questions about my case briefs, outline, or other resources, feel free to contact me.

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