Using LexisNexis through the ESC library page, or findlaw.com, or any other legal-research tool at your disposal, read the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Jones (132 S.Ct. 945 ,
decided January 23, 2012. In 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point type, brief the decision. In organizing your brief, follow the sequence of steps described in the text, i.e.
a summary of the key facts of the case
a statement of the issues for the Court to decide
the holding of the Court on these issues
the legal rationale used by the Court in making its decision
In discussing the court’s rationale, you should summarize its reasoning, noting the important case precedent relied upon.
You will note two œconcurring opinions, which you should read, but need only brief the main opinion of Justice Scalia.
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