Case Study 2: Ballew v. Georgia, 435 U.S. 223 (1978)

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The Fourth Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution limits the power of the police to make arrests, search people and
their property, and seize objects and contraband, such as illegal drugs or
weapons. These limits are the bedrock of search and seizure law and are
ultimately at the root of your right to privacy.

Analyze the following case in
preparation for a systematic approach to your synthesis of law and
fact:

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page
paper in which you:

  1. Prepare a two to three (2-3) page
    briefing on the case that you reviewed in which you utilize the following areas
    of importance: a) issue presented; b) short answer; c) the facts of the case; d)
    a summary of the case; and e) a conclusion of the case outcome.
  2. Discuss the historical background
    behind the right to a twelve (12) person jury under the Sixth Amendment to the
    U. S. Constitution. Provide relevant examples of such historical importance to
    support your response.
  3. Analyze the role of the jury, as
    defined by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  4. Discuss the fundamental protections
    available to a defendant under the Fourth Amendment as they relate to the
    concept of liberty, to the American system of jurisprudence, and to the right to
    a twelve (12) person jury. Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Support or oppose the following
    quote from Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Law Professor at the University of Michigan:
    “Ideally, the knowledge, perspectives, and memories of the individual members
    are compared and combined, and individual errors and biases are discovered and
    discarded, so that the final verdict is forged from a shared understanding of
    the case.” Justify your response.
  6. Use at least two (2) quality
    references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify
    as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these
formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times
    New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and
    references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor
    for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the
    title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course
    title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
    the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning
outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Illustrate the workings of the
    adversary system.
  • Use technology and information
    resources to research issues in U.S. Courts.
  • Write clearly and concisely about
    U.S. Courts using proper writing mechanics and APA style
    conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be
based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and
writing skills, using the following rubric.

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view the rubric.

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