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Discussion of a U.S. Supreme Court civil rights case.

Explore the current docket of the Supreme Court (the easiest way is through Oyez on the Internet). What civil rights cases do you see? Select one for your discussion. What are the constitutional arguments?

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Thank you for using Brainmass. Given that here in Brainmass we cannot complete assignments for students, what I can do is provide you with a template for how your answer might look. I will do this by accessing one of the current cases in the American Supreme Court at random. Here is what the case says:

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(From www.oyez.com)

Florida v. Powell
Kevin D. Powell was convicted in a Florida state court of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Mr. Powell appealed arguing that his Miranda warning was invalid because the written form used by the Tampa police at his arrest did not explicitly indicate that he had a right to an attorney at his questioning. The court of appeals agreed and reversed the conviction. On appeal, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed, holding that informing a defendant that he has the right to "talk with an attorney" is not sufficient to inform him of his right to have counsel present.

Question:
1) Does the Supreme Court have jurisdiction over this ...

Solution Summary

This solution illustrates and discusses the constitutional arguments of Florida v. Powell. Included with the solution are the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, with details of dissenting opinions.

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