Discussion Questions - Brendlin v. California
Use the discussion questions to help formulate your opinion on the case.
- If you were a passenger in a friend's car when it was stopped by police, and you were carrying an illegal substance, would you be free to leave the car?
- Could you challenge the legality of the stop?
- What would happen if your attorney moved to keep the substance out of evidence claiming that, as a passenger, you were not legally "seized" under the Fourth Amendment - only the driver was?
- Three levels of the state court system in California decided the case differently. How would you decide?