Legal Briefs

1. Case #1 Review the case on page 5 of the textbook entitled Brown v. Board of Education. Answer the following questions using the IRAC format discussed in this lesson. What was the issue that the U.S. Supreme Court addressed in this case? The rule is that “separate but equal” schools violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. How did the U.S. Supreme Court apply the facts in this case to this rule? What was the Court’s final conclusion? 2. Case #2 Review Case 4.4 on page 73 of the textbook entitled Cavazos, Acting Warden v. Smith. Answer the following questions using the IRAC format discussed in this lesson. What was the issue that the U.S. Supreme Court addressed in this case? The rule is that appellate courts are allowed to examine mistakes of law but are not entitled to address alleged mistakes of fact so long as the determination of facts by the lower court can be supported by the facts. How did the U.S. Supreme Court apply the facts in this case to this rule? What was the Court’s final conclusion?

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