Pretrial Motions Assessment

Pretrial Motions Assessment

Prior to beginning work on this video presentation, read Fourth Amendment: Search and SeizureLinks to an external site.The Difference Between the 5th and 6th Amendment Right to CounselLinks to an external site.Probable Cause and Reasonable SuspicionLinks to an external site.Saul Ornelas and Ismael Ornelas Ledesma, Petitioners v. United StatesLinks to an external site., and Pre-Trial MotionsLinks to an external site..

The fourth, fifth and sixth amendments are the most important of the Bill of Rights which affect criminal law, prosecutions, and defenses in the United States. Consider the protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to remain silent, the right to due process, the right to counsel, and the right to a speedy trial as the “Holy Grail” of constitutional protections for those accused of a crime.

Part 1: Your PowerPoint (or equivalent) presentation:

If your last name begins with the letters A through G (fourth amendment). Create a five- to eight-slide PowerPoint explaining the fourth amendment. Additionally, provide 50 to 75 words of explanations for each of your PowerPoint slides in the discussion area, just as you would present an oral presentation explaining the slides on the topics listed. In your PowerPoint slides and discussions,

  • List the requirements of the fourth amendment.
  • Define the key term warrant, and provide exceptions to the warrant requirement.
  • Examine what the remedy is for a defendant when a motion granted to suppress is granted for a fourth amendment violation.

Making your PowerPoint (or equivalent) Presentation

You may wish to include visual enhancements in your presentation. These may include appropriate images, a consistent font, appropriate animations, and transitions from content piece-to-content piece and slide-to-slide. (Images should be cited in APA format as outlined by the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s Tables, Images, & AppendicesLinks to an external site. resource.) The Where to Get Free (and Legal) ImagesLinks to an external site. guide provides assistance with accessing freely available public domain and/or Creative Commons licensed images. It is recommended that you access the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s How to Make a PowerPoint PresentationLinks to an external site. and Simple Rules for Better PowerPoint PresentationsLinks to an external site. which provide useful assistance with creating successful PowerPoint presentations.

Part 2: Your computer screen video recording (Screencast) of a PowerPoint (or equivalent) presentation:

  • Take photos of key points in each exercise, and place them in PowerPoint using appropriate titling and transitions.
  • Write speaker’s notes as a script for your presentation at the bottom of each slide.
  • Use Screencast-O-Matic Download Screencast-O-Maticto record your presentation and voice. (You will need either a laptop’s built-in microphone or an external microphone headset to record your voice).
  • Using the screen cast software package, obtain a link to share with others.


  • Paste your video link, and post your PowerPoint file within your initial post in this discussion forum.



Pretrial Motions Assessment

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