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U.S. v. Myers
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- The Brief Prologue provides necessary case brief introductory information and includes:
- Topic: Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
- Procedural Posture & History: Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
- Case Key Terms, Acts, Doctrines, etc.: A case specific Legal Term Dictionary.
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- Brief Facts: A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
- Rule of Law: Identifies the Legal Principle the Court used in deciding the case.
- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
A Florida bank was robbed by a single actor, who disappeared following the crime. The government charged Appellant with the robbery, but Appellant denied that it was he who committed the crime. There were two eye witnesses to the crime and various photographs taken by a security camera, but the identity of the robber remained at issue because Appellant’s friend, Dennis Coffie, pled guilty to the robbery; Coffie, “bears a remarkable physical resemblance” to Appellant. Appellant indicated, prior to his trial, that he intended to assert an alibi defense, and listed three parties, including Coffie, as intended witnesses. The government responded that it intended to utilize two tellers from the bank and another witness, Janice Johns, to rebut Appellant’s alibi defense. No further information was ever added to either disclosure. Despite never During trial, the government called four witnesses “not listed in its response to [Appellant’s] notice of his intent to offer an alibi d efense, whose statements were designed to discredit [the testimony of Appellant’s alibi witnesses].” The lower court also allowed evidence of Appellant’s conviction for another bank robbery that took place in Pennsylvania to be admitted, despite Appellant’s objections. At the conclusion of the trial, the lower court instructed the jury, “concerning the proper use of evidence indicating that [Appellant] fled from FBI agents on two occasions.”
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- The Brief Prologue closes the case brief with important forward-looking discussion and includes:
- Policy: Identifies the Policy if any that has been established by the case.
- Court Direction: Shares where the Court went from here for this case.