Constitutional Law: Police Patrol

Constitutional Law-400 words each answer

  1. As a police officer, it sometimes seems “unfair” to preserve and disclose evidence that is favorable to the defense when police are putting together evidence to convict the defendant (California v. Trombetta). Explain the ramifications of this constitutional protection for defendants. Do you agree with it? Why or why not?
  2. Two tests are used to determine whether charges brought under different portions of the penal code represent the “same offense.” Explain them and the standard each test uses to determine offense identity. Which test is most prevalent today?
  3. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a speedy trial. Explain the policies “the right to a speedy trial” promotes, and why you think they are, or are not, in place in our legal system.
  4. Explain in detail the three precautions trial judges traditionally take to counteract the effects of prejudicial media coverage. What are their shortcomings of these precautions? What would you do differently if you were a judge in a high-profile case? Cite a high-profile case to support your writing.

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  1. Read Birzer & Roberson (2015) Chapter 10.
  2. In a 5 page paper discuss the unique problems faced by police officers in regards to communication and non-English speaking citizens and what might be done to mitigate these problems. Your paper should be formatted consistent with the standards outlined by the APA 6th edition publication manual.

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