The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. It is the duty of law enforcement officers to conduct legal searches and seizures. An illegal search or seizure violates a person's rights and may lead to adverse consequences for the officer who engaged in the illegality. This paper covers a simulated case of Minnesota vs. Ronald Riff. The prosecution witness sheets are used to gathering information for Officer Shield to obtain a warrant to search the home of Ronald Riff, a suspect in the burglary of Marquette's Market.
Search and Seizure Hypothetical
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What Officer Shields found
What Officer Terry Schield found at the Riff residence and the scene of the alleged burglary (UOP, 1998):
A Canadian five-dollar bill
A purchased guitar from Sharp's Music Store and receipt
Obtained witness information
Rusty Fender the owner of Rusty's Auto Body Shop
Betty Bidder the nurse at Midtown Memorial Hospital and Ronald Riff's neighbor
Soapy Waters the janitor at Mickey's Diner and neighbor of the defendant
C. Sharp the owner of Sharp's Music Store
Guid0 Concertino the owner/operator of Midtown Dance Magic The reliability of witnesses
Rusty was a business owner for 27 years in the community, identified as the owner of the hammer found.
Betty identified the tan bag the defendant had.
Soapy said he picked up two dollars the defendant dropped from the bag.
Guido identified the new guitar purchased by the defendant the night after the burglary. Information on warrant
Search warrant to recover the clothes described...
References: University of Phoenix. (1981). Minnesota vs. Ronald Riff [Simulation Casebook]. Retrieved September 25, 2006, from University of Phoenix, Resource, Simulation, CJA350—Criminal Procedure Web site: https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/resource/resource.asp
Wikipedia. (2006). Exclusionary Rule. The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 26, 2006, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusionary_rule
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