Category: Supreme Court

Maryland v. King (DNA Case)

What happened? In 2009, Alonzo King was arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault.  As part of a routing booking, his DNA sample was taken by cheek swab.  When the sample was entered into the database it matched DNA taken from an unsolved rape case in 2003.  King […]

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Gibbons v. Ogden (Commerce Clause)

What happened? In the early 19th century, states began issuing exclusive licenses to people to navigate certain routes and waterways adjacent or near their borders with steamboats.  Aaron Ogden had the rights to a route between Elizabethtown, NJ and New York City.  He was in business with Thomas Gibbons (from […]

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Miranda v. Arizona

What happened? Ernesto Miranda was charged with the rape, kidnapping, and robbery of a 17 year old girl.  After approximately 2 hours of questioning by police, Miranda confessed to the crimes by a written statement.  At trial, his attorney objected to the admission of the statement because it was not […]

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