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What the Brief Should Contain in Each Section

The first paragraph includes the basic facts of what occurred. Jo Bob was stopped by Big Bad Patrol man and Patrol man smelled marijuana. Big Bad Patrol Man searched Jo Bob's car and found 6 kilos of heroin. Jo Bob was convicted.

The second paragraph includes the procedural history. Jo Bob was convicted in Crack County, Texas. He appealed to the Fourth Court of Appeals where his conviction was affirmed. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear his case. He filed a writ of certioraris to SCOTUS.

Whether or not Jo Bob's Fourth Amendment rights were violated by Big Bad Patrol Man.

The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable search and seizure.

This should be the longest section of your brief. If your facts are longer, than you are in trouble. This is where you explain why the court ruled in favor or against the petitioner. Offer explanation that also considers historically why the court may have felt the way it did.


Jo Bob's conviction was vacated and was sent back to the Court of Appeals for review in light of the Court's opinion

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What the Brief Should Contain in Each Section

Katz was convicted under indictment that charged him with transmitting wagering information by telephone across state lines in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1084 but he was able to challenge the validity of the indictment arguing that it violated his Constitutional right to unjust searches.

Whether or not Katz's Fourth Amendment ...

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