Case Analysis

Assignment Requirements

  1. Explain what is meant by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

 

  1. How does this impact the press? Does it give the press/media too much power? How does this impact trials and pretrial processes.

 

  1. Give a case summary outline(see below) of a constitutional first amendment case that has a major impact on the freedom of the press and explain its significance. You can find this via a TU Library search. It is your choice of case.

 

  1. Give the case summary format below of Rummel v. Estelle, 445 U.S. 263 (1980). What is its significance?

 

Give case number/year, then:

 

  1. FACTS: 2-3 sentences summarizing the important facts.

 

  1. ISSUE: Usually there is only one issue in a case. It generally asks a constitutional question or raises a constitutional issue and set out why a case is important.
  2. HOLDING: The holding generally answers the constitutional question raised or addresses the issue raised.
  3. REASONING: (The most difficult part of the brief.) Explain why the court held or decided the way it did. It should be approximately 4 sentences.
  4. CASE SIGNIFICANCE: 3+ sentences which will include the impact on law enforcement or corrections personnel.

 

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