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BCJ2001 Columbia Southern Unit V Supreme Court of US Case Study Essay


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Unit V Case Study for BCJ 2001 Class:

In order to prepare for this case study, you will need to review Chapter 13, “Police and the Law,” in your textbook. In your case study, you will address the following:

Analyze and explain the use of the exclusionary rule by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Define how the exclusionary rule has affected the use of evidence acquired from police search and seizure cases.

Compare and contrast each of the following cases and the effects that the ruling decision by the Supreme Court has had on evidence obtained from police search and seizure.

What constitutes a reasonable search (include information regarding the ways that the police can use probable cause and execute a search warrant)?

How is search and seizure governed by the Fourth Amendment?

How do you feel that the police could have completed their searches in these cases more efficiently?

Base your case study on the following three cases:

Weeks v. United States (1914)—Exclusionary rule applied to federal law enforcement agencies

Rochin v. California (1952)—Exclusionary rule applied to all cases involving extreme police misconduct

Mapp v. Ohio (1961)—Exclusionary rule applied to all law enforcement agencies (local, state, and federal)

The completed assignment must be a minimum of five pages in length, not including the title page and references pages. You must include at least two references, one of which may be your textbook. The entire case study assignment must be written following APA style guidelines. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

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Case Studies on the Exclusionary Rule
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The Supreme Court has been known to regulate the powers of law enforcers in their quest
to efficiently define statutory and constitutional laws, especially when balancing between
societal rights and those of an individual. It's a daunting task, one not without criticism and
rebellion (Clymer, 2018). That is why the Supreme Court enacted the exclusionary rule. This is a
rule that guides how a law enforcement agent may obtain evidence without violating the rights of
the suspect as stated in the Amendments. In cases where this rule is violated, evidence obtained
shall be deemed inadmissible in court.
Use of exclusionary rule by the Supreme Court
The exclusionary rule is not included in the constitution, but is a derivative of the
Fourteenth Amendment by the Supreme Court, to ensure that proper use of law enforcement is
applied. The process of deriving and defining the rule, where it stands, to whom and the
repercussions of a situation deemed one of its violation, has been quite a journey. Initially, the
exclusionary rule was subjected to federal law enforcement agents after the Week v United
States case in 1914 (Clancy, 2013). During a later case, Rochin v California in 1952, the court
extended the power of the rule to such kind of situations where inhumane means were used and
issued a warning that states adopt the rule.
When the case of Mapp v Ohio in 1961 was brought before the Supreme Court, the Court
found a chance to enforce the exclusionary rule to states, making local officers subject to its
guidelines. This ended the reign of the 'silver platter doctrine' where local enforcers obtained
evidence free from the exclusionary rule and surrendered it to the federal agents, who were
subject to it, on a silver platter. Evidence brought forward in a court of law after these landmark



cases, had to be proven being obtained in accordance with the exclusionary law, therefore

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