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Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement

9th Edition

By Rolando V. del Carmen, Jeffery T. Walker


302 pages

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Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement, Ninth Edition, offers extensive updates on the leading Supreme Court cases impacting law enforcement in the United States, creating a must-have reference for police officers to stay up-to-date and have a strong understanding of the law and their function within it. All cases are briefed in a common format to allow for comparisons among cases and include facts, relevant issues, and the Court’s decision and reasoning. The significance of each case is also explained, making clear its impact on citizens and law enforcement. The book provides students and practitioners with historical and social context for their role in criminal justice and the legal guidelines that should be followed in day-to-day policing activities.

Two new chapters have been added on Searches by Dogs (featuring United States v. Place, Illinois v. Caballes, Florida v. Harris, and Florida v. Jardines) and Computer/Cell Phone Searches (featuring Riley v. California).

Additional new cases include:

• In Chapter 4, covering Arrests and Other Seizures of Persons: Bailey v. United States

• In Chapter 5, covering Seizures of Things: Missouri v. McNeely and Maryland v. King

• In Chapter 6, covering Searches in General: Kentucky v. King

• In Chapter 8, covering Searches With Consent: Fernandez v. California

• In Chapter 9, covering Vehicle Stops and Searches: Navarette v. California

• In Chapter 12, covering Electronic Surveillance: United States v. Jones

• In Chapter 16, covering, Use of Force: Plumhoff v. Rickard

• In Chapter 17, covering Confessions and Admissions: Cases Affirming Miranda: J.D.B v. North Carolina

• In Chapter 18, covering Confessions and Admissions: Cases Weakening Miranda: Salinas v. Texas

• In Chapter 23, covering Legal Liabilities: Messerschmidt v. Millender


I have used this textbook for over 20 years in our Constitutional Law course at Stanly Community College because it makes teaching easy. It is an excellent collection of short briefs of U.S. Supreme Court cases for law enforcement. Everything the seated and online students need to know about a case is in one or two pages. For example, Tennessee v. Garner is one and a half pages in the text. A typical case brief within the textbook, includes the facts of the case, issue, holding, legal reasoning, and case significance. Additionally, the authors include up-to-date cases and topics. For example, there is a new chapter on police-dog searches and a new chapter on computer crimes and cellphones as they relate to law enforcement. I endorse this textbook because as a former Charlotte, NC Police Officer with nine years of street experience, I know the legal exposure law enforcement officers face daily on the street.

-Max Boylen, M.S., M.B.A., Criminal Justice Program Head, Stanly Community College

Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement is an excellent text for student and instructor alike. I have found the case summaries to be accurate, concise, and a wonderful resource.

-Rod Nelson, Criminal Justice, Hennepin Technical College, Director, Law Enforcement Training Services, LLC, and Former Captain, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Briefs in Leading Cases in Law Enforcement breaks down each Supreme Court case in sections; capsule, facts, issue, Supreme Court Decision, reason and case significance. This supplemental text is a great complement to any book dealing with criminal courts and procedure. This makes a fantastic teaching tool for faculty, and more important, very understandable for students.

-Paul B. McElvein, Criminal Justice, Erie Community College

This text includes recent cases such as Riley v. California involving cell phone and computer searches, while emphasizing the facts in all court decisions. Studying the facts prepares students to work in the field as they are able to evaluate facts in any situation, make informed decisions, and defend the actions they take.

-Stephen R. O'Donnell, Criminal Justice, NHTI, Concord's Community College

Table of Contents

1. Probable Cause 2. The Exclusionary Rule 3. Stop and Frisk 4. Arrest and Other Seizures of Persons 5. Seizures of Things 6. Searches—In General 7. Searches after Arrest 8. Searches with Consent 9. Vehicle Stops and Searches 10. Searches of People in Vehicles 11. Roadblocks 12. Electronic Surveillance 13. Plain View and Open Fields Searches 14. Searches by Dogs 15. Computer/Cell Phone Searches 16. Use of Force 17. Confessions and Admissions: Cases Affirming Miranda 18. Confessions and Admissions: Cases Weakening Miranda19. What Constitutes Interrogation for Miranda Purposes? 20. Lineups and Other Pretrial Identification Procedures 21. Right to Counsel Related to Policing 22. Entrapment 23. Legal Liabilities

About the Authors

Rolando V. del Carmen retired in May 2011 as Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice (Law) in the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University. He has authored numerous books and articles in various areas of law related to criminal justice. He has won all three major awards given by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate classes in law and has been a mentor and friend to many of his students.

Jeffery T. Walker is Professor and Chair in the Department of Justice Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was formerly at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where he served as Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. Walker has written 10 books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. He has obtained more than $9 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and others. He is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Editorial experience includes service as Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and Journal of Critical Criminology. Walker also served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), conducting major felony crime investigations. Walker received his B.S. in Personnel Management and Computer Science from the University of Arkansas in 1984, and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1992.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Constitutional
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology

Preface and Table of Contents