A Study of the 1990-1991 Term of the Supreme Court and Criminal Law: Why Did They Overturn Five Precedents?
The following thesis will begin by examining the "modern courts" and how they interpreted criminal law. I will attempt to explain why many felt that the reign of Chief Justice Warren "handcuffed the cops." After the Warren era, the Burger and Rehnquist Courts evolved into a much more conservative judicial body. The criminal justice community involved with the prosecution of the accused welcomed the Burger and Rehnquist Courts with open arms, as power shifted from the rights of the criminal to the criminal justice system. The current Rehnquist Court is chopping away even more at the rights of the accused. This will be the major focus of this thesis as I examine the four cases of the past 1990-1991 term that struck down five past precedents established during the Warren, Burger, and early Renquist Court.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.