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Blakely v. Washington Case Brief

Summary of Blakely v. Washington Citation: 542 U.S. 296 (2004) Relevant Facts: Ralph Howard Blakely, Jr. kidnapped his estranged wife from their former marital home in Washington State and drove her to Montana, while forcing their


Muscarello v. United States Case Brief

Summary of Muscarello v. United States Citation: 524 U.S. 125 (1998) Relevant Facts: Two consolidated cases came before the Supreme Court on similar facts, both requiring the Court to interpret the statutory meaning of “carries” as


People v. Rideout Case Brief

Summary of People v. Rideout Citation: 550 N.E.2d 632, 193 Ill. App.3d 884 (1990) Relevant Facts: James Rideout was arrested following a traffic and charge with, inter alia, driving under the influence. Rideout posted bond and


Aguilar v. Texas Case Brief

Summary of Aguilar v. Texas Citation: 378 U.S. 108 (1964) Relevant Facts: Houston police officers applied for a search warrant to look for narcotics in the home of Nick Alford Aguilar. In support of their search


Bell v. Wolfish Case Brief

Summary of Bell v. Wolfish Citation: 441 U.S. 520 (1979) Relevant Facts: Wolfish and other defendants (Respondents here) brought this class action in federal district court alleging that the conditions of their pretrial confinement offended various


Bond v. United States Case Brief

Summary of Bond v. United States Citation: 564 U.S. ______, 131 S. Ct. 2355 (2011) Relevant Facts: Carol Bond, angered that her husband had carried on an extramarital affair and fathered a child, threatened and harassed


Fare v. Michael C. Case brief

Summary of Fare v. Michael C. Citation: 442 U.S. 707 (1979) Relevant Facts: Respondent Michael C., a juvenile, was under suspicion for murder. Brought to the Van Nuys, California police station for questioning, Michael requested to


Florida v. J.L. Case Brief

Summary of Florida v. J.L. Citation: 529 U.S. 266 (2000) Relevant Facts: Respondent J.L., a minor, was standing at a bus stop in Miami-Dade County, Florida with two other black males. Police received an anonymous tip


Dunaway v. New York Case Brief

Summary of Dunaway v. New York Citation: 442 U.S. 200 Relevant Facts: Several months after a pizza parlor owner was killed during an attempted robbery police receive a tip from an informant implicating Dunaway.  When a


Delaware v. Prouse Case Brief

Summary of Delaware v. Prouse Citation: 440 U.S. 648 Relevant Facts: In Delaware, a policeman stopped William Prouse’s vehicle in order to make a routine check of his driver’s license and registration.  The officer’s decision to



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