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Jillian Dubois SOC 274 Major Baker February 5, 2008 Public Drunkenness The Robinson v. California case is both similar and different than that case brought before me today of Powell v. Texas. The similarities seem to be in the addiction. The Robinson case has to do with being addicted to narcotics, and the Powell case has to do with being addicted to alcohol. Many would argue that they are of the same substance; the only difference is that the use of narcotics is entirely prohibited by federal and state laws. Alcohol is a substance that is not prohibited by state and federal law. The real parallel that I would find in this case is that they have almost the same effects depending on the dosage of either. Powell was arrested not because of an act, but because of his status as a drunk. Powell did not do anything to warrant this arrest, he may have been stumbling or slurring his words, but he was not attacking anyone. This may have an effect on the case due to the fact that it is unconstitutional to arrest him for stumbling. They would’ve had to have
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