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Evidence keyed to Fisher
U.S. v. Doe
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- 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.
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- Brief Facts: A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
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- 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:
Respondent owned several sole proprietorships. During a governmental investigation into possible corruption with the awarding of county and municipal contracts, Respondent was served with a total of five subpoenas. The subpoenas sought telephone records, bank statements, cancelled checks, and lists of business records from Respondent’s businesses. Respondent filed a motion to quash the subpoenas, which was granted by the District Court for the District of New Jersey. The District Court, however, did not grant the motion to quash with respect to, “those documents and records required by law to be kept or disclosed to a public agency,” such as W-2 statements. The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of the motion to quash, holding that the turning over of such records by an owner of a sole proprietorship would essentially admit the records’ existence and their authenticity, and therefore violate the Fifth Amendment. At the Court of Appeals level, the government argued that it had offered to not use Respondent’s act of production against Respondent in any way. However, the Court held that since no formal request for immunity had been made under the applicable federal statute, Respondent’s motion to quash was properly granted by the District Court. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether the Court of Appeals’ holding affirming the District Court’s grant of Respondent’s motion to quash the subpoena was proper.
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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.
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