United States Constitution and Dwight Dexter Case

Topics: United States Constitution, Supreme Court of the United States, Jury Pages: 2 (556 words) Published: February 24, 2013
Stephen Cen
Amer Democ 6th period
In The Supreme Court of the United States
Dexter (Petitioner) v.

Michigan State Prosecutor (Respondent)
On Writ of Certiorari

To the Supreme Court of the United States

Criminal Bar Association

In Support of Petitioner
Dwight Dexter’s rights were not upheld in criminal justice system. Sheriff Dodd had searched Dwight’s car without a warrant or consent, violating Dwight's protection from search and seizure stated in the Fourth Amendment. In addition to this, Randolph Stone and Morgan Livingston, key witnesses, had admitted to falsely testifying against Dwight. Furthermore, all African American jurors had been thrown out, making the trial inconsistent with the Sixth Amendment.

According to Exhibit A, Document 1, Sheriff Dodd approached Dwight on July 24, at 1 AM in Detroit, and pulled him over. Dodd then proceeded to search Dwight’s car without his permission or a warrant. Dodd claimed that he had no time to get a warrant. This is a clear violation of Dwight’s Fourth Amendment protection from unconsented search and seizure. In Exhibit B, Document 2, the trial is outlined. During the trial, witnesses Morgan Livingston and Randolph Stone testified in court under oath. Stone had told the court that Dwight confessed to murdering “a white boy” and had told him to get rid of the murder weapon. When asked about whether he had been coached or not, Stone said no. Morgan Livingston testified that Dexter told him of a plan to rob a bank, during which he’d kill anyone who got in his way. Livingston had also denied receiving coaching previous to the trial. In addition to this, he also claimed he was not a paid informant. According to Exhibit C, Document 2, both witnesses confessed to perjury in 1999. Stone said that he was imitated by Sheriff Dodd’s threat and decided to concoct a story to appease Dodd. Livingston confessed to being paid to become an informant and framing...
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