Case Study: Maryland V. King

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Maryland V. King 569 US (Criminal Procedure Issue)
In 2009 Alonzo Jay King Jr., was arrested for first and second degree assault. Mr. King was transported by local officers to a county jail. Prior to conviction a DNA, test was taken, by swapping his cheek. This evidence was sent to an DNA lab to wait for result. Wilcomic County, Maryland had a law call the Maryland DNA Collection Act. This act authorizes law enforcement officer to collect DNA samples from a person who is arrested, but not yet convicted, for violent crimes or burglary, (2008). Mr. King DNA was unloaded into the database that linked him to a rape case in 2003. Since this were the only evidence that link him he wanted the judge to suppress the evidence. This became the main
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Looking for clue and making sure that we gather evidence so that the we can get a conviction. It is very importance when we conduct a case by case especially working in law enforcement, probation, as a prosecutor, lawyer we must make sure that we follow the law. As in the case Maryland V. King, the law was following, but a slight different of opinion change the course of history by determine how our Fourth amendment is interpret.
Criminal Law Issue (Chambers v. Florida 309 U.S. 227 (1940)

Four defendants were convicted of first degree murder one being Isiah Chambers. On appeal, defendants argued that their confessions were involuntary and were obtained by force and coercion. Defendants further argued that the trial court had placed upon them the burden of proof on these issues, therefore in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Key Issues:

“Chambers was the first coerced confession case to come before the Court since the landmark decision in BROWN V. MISSISSIPPI (1936)”. The issues in this case whether the confession by the Four black men convicted of murder was coerced in confessing to this crime and if the confession are void under the clue process clause of the Fourteenth

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