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10th Edition

Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement

ISBN 9780367146924
Published August 12, 2019 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement, Tenth 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Tenth Edition

List of Top 10 Cases in Day-to-Day Policing

List of Cases with Principle (Capsule) of Law

Table of Cases

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. What Constitutes Interrogation for Miranda Purposes?

18. Confessions and Admissions: Cases Affirming Miranda

19. Confessions and Admissions: Cases Weakening Miranda

20. Lineups and Other Pretrial Identification Procedures

21. Right to Counsel Related to Policing

22. Entrapment

23. Legal Liabilities


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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, has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate classes in law, and has been a mentor and friend to many of his students. And he is terribly missed by all who knew him.

Jeffery T. Walker is a professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Walker has written 10 books and almost 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has obtained over $15 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, Center for Disease Control, and others. His areas of interest are social/environmental factors of neighborhoods, legal issues of policing, and crime mapping/crime analysis. 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. Previous publications include articles in Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the books Legal Guide to Policing (Eleventh Edition) and Foundations of Crime Analysis. Walker also served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), conducting major felony crime investigations. In September 2001 he was mobilized to provide counterintelligence, protective services, and force protection support to military personnel in US and overseas locations. His final assignment was Superintendent of Counterintelligence Investigations at Headquarters/AFOSI in Washington, DC.


    A great way of allowing students the opportunity to understand issues that continue to plague the criminal justice system and discuss ways of addressing these problems.

    Tegia Coleman-Rochester, Criminal Justice, South University - Columbia

    Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement allows for phenomenal classroom discussions and/or online discussion boards. For those students who would like to pursue law school, this is the needed element that oftentimes allows them to fall in love with Constitutional Law.

    Cheryn Rowell, Criminal Justice, Stanly Community College

    Based on our combined experience using this book, we have found that it has been extremely helpful in our meeting the POST Board expectations. Additionally, it is very student-friendly.

    Charles E. Myers II, Criminal Justice, Aims Community College & Susan Beecher, Director, Police Academy, Aims Community College

    This text breaks down each Supreme Court case associated with police operations, then summarizes the case facts, presents the legal questions before the Court, and then gives the findings of the Court in the case. Students can easily learn 50 key cases in a semester.

    Lee M. Wade, PhD, Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University

    The format of each case, with capsule, facts, issue, decision, reason and significance, is ideal for presenting numerous cases on a topic in a clear and focused manner. The organization of cases by topics assists in this presentation.

    Michael Arter, Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

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