week, we looked at a civil case that was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.
This week, let's look at a criminal case that was reviewed by the Texas Court
of Criminal Appeals.
to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals website:
about the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, then use the "Hand Down
List" to find a list of the court's recent orders and opinions, which are
organized by the date of issue. Find a decision issued on March 3, 2010,
involving Ronald Lee
Wilson (PD-0307-09), who was convicted of shooting Amos Gutierrez in
2006. Turns out, the detective used a fake forensic report to bluff Wilson into
thinking his fingerprints were on an ammo clip found near the body, which
convinced Wilson to confess to the crime.
a 3-5 pages essay about the case. Make sure your essay tells your reader:
1. The name of the case.
2. What it was basically
3. What did the court decide
about the lower court of appeals opinion and why?
4. What is a dissenting
opinion, and what were the reasons behind the one in this case?
5. As the majority opinion
points out, courts have long held that the police may use a certain amount of
"trickery and deception" during an interrogation. If you were a judge
deciding this case, how would you rule? How would you balance society's need to
get bad guys convicted with our Constitution's rights of the accused?
this assignment in Microsoft Word. Cite your sources.