New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

Assignment Details

This assignment aligns to the following course outcome(s):

LS204-1: Cite primary and secondary legal sources using the legal Bluebook.

LS204-3: Brief legal opinions.

GEL-1.02: Demonstrate college-level
communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.

GEL 6.05: Adapt research skills to discover and sort relevant sources to
complete tasks.

Assignment Introduction:

In this Assignment you will be writing a case brief. To help you prepare, it is recommended that you complete the Learning Activity, How to Brief a Case, which examines each part of a case brief.

Please select one of the cases below and complete a case brief and short analysis of the treatment of the case. 

New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984).

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994).

Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005).

This Assignment has Two Parts:

  1. Locate a case from the list below. Draft a case brief of the court’s opinion. Be attentive to include the FIRAC headings of Facts, Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion.2. Write a 1-2 paragraphs of analysis of how he Court’s opinion has been used by subsequent courts, or stated another way ‘the treatment of this decision’ by subsequent courts?

Required Criteria:

In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the Assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:

  • Include a cover page and reference page.
  • Use single spacing throughout Case Brief and double spacing in the analysis.
  • Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained.
  • Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
  • Writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful.
  • Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
  • Bluebook citation style should be followed.
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