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Evidence keyed to Fisher
U.S. v. Iron Shell
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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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- The Case Brief is the complete case summarized and authored in the traditional Law School I.R.A.C. format. The Pro case brief includes:
- 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:
Victim was sexually assaulted in some bushes near the side of a road; following the assault, Victim sought help, and was interviewed by police and examined by a physician within hours. The time of the assault was sometime between 6:00pm and 6:30pm; following the assault, Victim was interviewed by a police officer, Officer Marshall (Marshall), around 7:15pm and by a physician, Dr. Hopkins (Hopkins), around one hour later. Victim told Marshall she was grabbed, held around the neck, and threatened. Marshall testified as to these out-of-court statements at trial. The statements Victim made to Hopkins during the examination were also admitted into evidence at trial. Appellant was convicted by a jury and appeals here, arguing that the above statements constitute inadmissible hearsay not within any exception, and therefore that their admission justifies reversal of his conviction.
- Issue(s): Lists the Questions of Law that are raised by the Facts of the case.
- Holding: Shares the Court's answer to the legal questions raised in the issue.
- Concurring / Dissenting Opinions: Includes valuable concurring or dissenting opinions and their key points.
- Reasoning and Analysis: Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.
- 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.