Criminal Law: The Court & the Cop

The most controversial issue in today's criminal law is the right of the defendant v. the right of the police. Since 1961, in a succession of far-reaching decisions, the Supreme Court has greatly extended the guarantees of the Bill of Rights available to the lowliest defendant in municipal court. It has spelled out and strengthened the right to counsel, the right to quick arraignment and the guarantee against illegal police search and seizure. These decisions have put new burdens on already overworked police departments and have brought angry protests from prosecutors and...

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