Discussion and Case Briefing

 1. There was a recent case where a public high school Assistant Principal lent out computers to needy students but then accessed the computer to see what the student was doing on it even going so far as remotely turning on the camera and spying on the student from afar. The Assistant Principal was fired long before the case could go to court on Fourth Amendment reasons (I’m sure there was a civil suit) but that is neither here nor there. Was the Assistant Principal’s actions constitutional? Would it have made a difference if the person doing the spying was a police officer instead of a high school principal even though both are public officials? Does it matter if the high school student is an adult under state law? What circumstances do you envision where this might be a correct action by anybody? 2. Do the case briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Katz v. United States 389 U.S. 347 (1967) and Kyllo v. United States 533 U.S. 27 (2001) in the back of the textbook. Case briefs must be written in the format below. Case Briefing: Students will from time to time be called to write briefs of landmark cases, keep a briefing casebook and may occasionally be called on to recite those briefs on-line 1. A case brief includes a summary of the facts of the case. 2. A case brief includes the holding of the majority/plurality of the court. 3. A case brief includes the reasoning behind that holding. 4. A case brief includes the importance of that case to the criminal justice system and American society as a whole.

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