elements of a criminal
case. constitutional rights in criminal law and the difference between a trail court and an
appellate court. Additionally, students will be putting together all parts ofthe project for a final
See last page of this criteria at end of briefing instructions for some due date changes!
Project Part 3
1. Find your states law regarding search and seizure. Look at both your State’s constitution and
your State’s statutes.
2. Find a recent criminal case in your state that was appealed up to your state’s highest court
based upon an issue of illegal search and seizure.
3. Make sure as you look for cases you locate one that is from your State’s highest court (Not
the US. Supreme court!!!) and not an intermediate appellate court. Also make sure the issue
of law that the appeal is based upon in your case relates to an individuals 4″‘ amendment
right regarding not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure.
4. Once you have located and decided on an appropriate case then you are to brief the case. See
briefing instructions located at the end of the part four criteria.
5. After briefing your case locate in your case the court’s opinion (this is what makes up their
reasoning). As you read over this case find prior cases your State’s high court refers to in its
opinion or reason as the main, or one of the main supports (percent or prior case ruling) used
to influence or dictate its ruling in your case.
6. Now go and find this case from the courts opinion. Read over this case and identify the key
facts of the case and the appellate courts ruling in this case that relate to the case you briefed.
Type up in an outline or using bullet points both the key facts and identify the appellate
7. After reading this earlier case decide if you agree with the court’s decision in your case. In
other words, is their interpretation of the prior case and the ruling made in the prior case truly
applicable to your case‘? If so do you have the same interpretation of the prior case as the
court did when ruling in your case or a different interpretation‘? Write a 200-300 word essay
in 3’“ person that addresses these questions. Write it from the context you are a lawyer who
has been asked to make an assessment and provide a professional opinion about the
interpretation of the original case you briefed and the court’s ruling in the appellate hearing.