The U.S. Constitution affords citizens various rights and freedoms. These include freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizures, and the right to equal justice. As upholders of the Constitution, police officers swear an oath to uphold people’s Constitutional rights as they perform their duties to prevent, reduce, and address criminal activities.
Of the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, four amendments in particular pertain to the criminal justice process:
In this assignment, you will be asked to:
Constitutional Amendments and Criminal Justice Process Template [DOCX]
Provide the text of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments, along with your interpretation of them and their importance.
Note: The Fourth Amendment is completed for you as an example to guide your work on the remaining three amendments. Likewise, be sure to refer to the work you did in this week’s discussion on the Fifth and Sixth Amendments as you complete this portion of your assignment.
You may find the CQ Supreme Court Collection database useful as you conduct your research.
This less than two-minute video, called Finding Supreme Court Cases Relating to Specific Amendments, shows you how to search for cases by amendment.
Cite each source listed on your source page at least one time within your assignment.
For help with research, writing, and citation, access the library or review library guides.
Consult the Constitutional Amendments Resources List [PDF] for links to help you get started on your research.
You may use your textbook as one of your resources.
Note: Be sure to use the Constitutional Amendments and Criminal Justice Process Template to complete your assignment.
Constitutional Amendments Resources List
Consider these resources as you conduct your research for the Constitutional Amendments and
Criminal Justice Process assignment.
• 5th Amendment. No date. Constitution Annotated: Analysis and Interpretation of the
U.S. Constitution. https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-5/
• Patricia Barnes. 2001. What Rights Are Afforded Defendants under the Sixth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? in Desk Reference on Criminal Justice
• Patricia Barnes. 2001. What Rights Are Afforded Defendants under the Eighth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? in Desk Reference on Criminal Justice 9.
• David G. Savage. 2011. Cruel and Unusual Punishment in Guide to the U.S. Supreme
Court 762-73 (5th ed.). http://library.cqpress.com.libdatab.strayer.edu/scc/gct5v1-
5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments
• John Vile. 2018. Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law.
o You will find Chapter 12 especially helpful.
• Jay M. Feinman. 2018. Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law.
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For each Constitutional amendment:
Provide the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Constitutional amendments along with your interpretation of them and their importance.
Illustrate with an example how the amendment applies to a player and a step in the criminal justice process (e.g., 4th amendment—law enforcement—arrest).
You will need to refer to the 3Ps of Criminal Justice graphic you have been reviewing throughout the course.
Illustrate with an example, from case law or contemporary articles, how the amendment applies to the particular player and step in the criminal justice process.
is completed for you as a guide to completing the 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments.
Remember to use your work from this week’s discussion when completing the 5th and 6th amendments.
Consult the Constitutional Amendments Resources List for links to help you with your research.
Remember to use SWS to properly cite your sources.
Example from Case Law or Contemporary Article. (This database will help you complete this column:
The 4th amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (1).
The 4th Amendment protects people against unreasonable search and seizure of their person, property, and belongings. It also includes warrants. For example, it sets requirements for issuing warrants. A judge or magistrate must issue warrants, and they must be backed up by facts and supported under oath.
A government with extreme overreach would be difficult to live under. Therefore, the founding fathers included the 4th Amendment, which protects citizens from unreasonable and searches both warranted and warrantless.
Law Enforcement—Preliminary Investigation
As an example, police detectives have taken statements from an informant under oath pertaining to the whereabouts of a robbery suspect. The officers believe evidence exists at a certain location based on the informant’s statements and eyewitness testimony. They go to the court seeking a search warrant for that specific location and state their evidence to the judge. The judge then decides based on the facts.
The United States Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in 2015 in
1. Constitute Project. No date. Constitution of the United States of America. https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/United_States_of_America_1992
1. Oyez. No date. Rodriguez v. United States. https://www.oyez.org/cases/2014/13-9972
1. Oyez. No date. Terry v. Ohio. https://www.oyez.org/cases/1967/67
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