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What is the procedural history in the Mapp v. Ohio case?

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bertyfitz | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted June 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM via web

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What is the procedural history in the Mapp v. Ohio case?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM (Answer #1)

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A basic procedural history for a court case follows that case as it goes through certain steps in the judicial process.  In such a history, a person writing a brief must generally list the various steps that the case went through before its final disposition.  In the case of Mapp v. Ohio, there were four steps that need to be included in the procedural history section of a brief.

First, there was the initial criminal case.  This was tried in the Common Pleas Court for Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1958.  Mapp was convicted in that court of possessing obscene materials.  Mapp then appealed her conviction.  This was done in the Ohio Court of Appeals (not a federal court of appeals) for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.  This court upheld Mapp’s conviction in 1959.  The next step was an appeal to the Supreme Court of Ohio.  This was the court of last resort at the state level.  This court, too, upheld Mapp’s conviction in 1960.  Therefore, the only possible further appeal was to the Supreme Court of the United States.  This appeal was decided in 1961. 

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