Case Study Review – Criminal Law


1. Constructive Possession. Compare Cashen with the U.S. Supreme Court case of Maryland v. Pringle. The Supreme Court affirmed Pringle’s conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pringle was one of three passengers in an automobile that was stopped for speeding in the early morning hours in Baltimore. He was sitting in the front seat directly in front of the glove compartment, which contained $763. Five plastic glassine baggies of cocaine were behind him in the back seat armrest and were accessible to all three passengers. The Supreme Court concluded that it is entirely reasonable to conclude “that any or all . . . of the occupants [of this confined space] had knowledge of, and exercised dominion and control over the cocaine. . . . There was probable cause to believe Pringle committed the crime of possession of cocaine, either solely or jointly.” The Court stressed that the quantity of drugs and cash indicated the “likelihood of drug dealing” and that a “dealer would be unlikely to admit an innocent person with the potential to furnish evidence against him.” See Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 (2004).

You can find more cases on the study site: State v. Toups and State v. Maldonado–Echeverria,


Basic Components of a Crime Act

This assignment fulfills/supports

·  Module Outcomes One and Two.

·  Course Outcome Two

·  General Education Competency One, Two, Three, and Five.

The Assignment

The student will select and critically review a case from one of the chapters covered in this module.  The paper is to be between 2-3 pages. Students should pay particular attention to the identification of the premise and supporting points of the case, a synthesis of the information from the case, and a critical application of the premise(s) and supporting points from the case to an issue the legal system faces.  The paper must follow current APA guidelines. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, reference section, or any extra material. See the Rubrics for additional instructions and guidance.


See Module Two Reading Assignments.

Be sure to review the textbook chapters before selecting one specific case to write about before completing this assignment.

Acceptable Length

The paper is to be between 2-3 pages.

Formatting Requirements

·  Assignment title, your name, school name; course name and/or number, and date (all at the center/middle of the document).

·  Use one-inch margins.

·  Use a 12-point Times New Roman font.

·  Use double line spacing in the document.

Grading Criteria

Be sure to follow the Rubrics criteria and the Case Study Critiques Instructions.    Case Study Critiques Instructions.docx Case Study Critiques Instructions.docx – Alternative Formats 

To Submit

When you have completed the assignment, click on Case Study Review tab and Submit.

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