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United States v. Dossey
Citation:558 F.2d 1336 (8th Cir. 1977)
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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.
- 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:
The defendant was accused of robbing a bank in Arkansas. At trial, the teller testified that the robber had worn a blond wig, a blue shirt, and wire-framed glasses but could not identify the defendant. A different witness testified that the defendant had confessed to having done previous robberies in Arkansas. The witness claimed that the defendant described wearing a wig and tinted glasses during one bank robbery, that she was armed, and that she made her escape by going over a brick wall and riding off with an accomplice. The witness also testified that she along with the defendant had executed a bank robbery in Arizona. The witness claimed that the defendant wore a blond wig, and a blue T-shirt during the robbery, along with wire-framed glasses. Finally, the witness testified that the defendant confessed to committing a bank robbery in Minnesota.
- 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.