Carpenter V. United States POL/115 February 11, 2019 Carpenter v. United States
During the creation of the American Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Branches of Government, our founding fathers knew the critical nature of protecting the liberties of individuals. The Judicial branch was created to interpret laws created by the other branches of government. The Judicial branch has three levels of federal courts; District, Circuits, and Supreme Court. In the following essay, we will explore the Federal Courts and critical roles each level has. We will also examine the Supreme Court case Carpenter v. United States. We will discuss the details of the case, the importance of the case, how it moved through the lower courts, and the U.S Supreme Courts statement on the decision. Last, we will explore how the U.S. Supreme Court gained their power through the Constitution. The Details of Carpenter v. United States The Carpenter v. United States case started in 2011 when police arrested four men that were allegedly connected to a series of robberies. One man confessed and surrendered his phone to the FBI. During his confession he provided the investigators the numbers of the other participants. The FBI used the defendant’s confession to receive orders from a magistrate judge to obtain the records of each of the phone numbers. The records obtained through the order allowed the FBI to prove dates, locations, and times of the defendants. Based on the evidence, all the defendants were charged with their crimes.
- Fall '19
- Benjamin Bolger
- Supreme Court of the United States, Timothy Carpenter