Legal Research Assignment, law homework help

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Instructions

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1. Locate 18 U.S.C. § 3143 on WestlawNext. This statute pertains to bail under the Bail Reform Act of 1984 for someone who is pending sentencing or an appeal. Tip: you do not need to include the § sign to retrieve this statute. Second tip: make sure you are in “all federal” in the jurisdiction selection box next to the orange search box.

a. Provide the full and correct Bluebook citation for subsection (b), release or detention pending appeal by the defendant. Use the format I provided in last week’s IN.

b. Cases that pertain to this statute are grouped by topic, usually shown on the right. What is the title of the blue link that you would click on if you wanted to look up a bail application to the U.S. Supreme Court?

c. Once you click on that link, you’ll see at least two cases. Provide the full and correct Bluebook citation for the first case shown.

2. Let’s try some Maryland research.

a. Provide the full and complete Bluebook citation, including subsection, for the Maryland statute that provides the definition of the word “vending machine” for purposes of theft.

b. Provide the full and complete Bluebook citation, including subsection, for the Maryland statute that provides the maximum sentence for credit card theft.

c. Provide the full and complete Bluebook citation for the case, shown in Notes of Decisions for that statute, where a defendant received an impermissibly high sentence.

3. Look at the following citations. Notice the different reporters indicated. You should be able to tell me, using only the type of reporter indicated, what level of federal court likely produced the citation shown. Your choices are the U.S. Supreme Court, a Circuit Court of Appeals, or a U.S. District Court.

a.  9 F.3d. 1328  is from ____________________________

b.  48 F. Supp. 2d 212  is from _____________________________

c.  486 U.S. 1301  is from _____________________________

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