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Tutor profile: Christopher M.

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Christopher M.
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Subject: Law

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What is an example of a thought-provoking, recent Supreme Court case?

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Christopher M.
Answer:

A Supreme Court decision that stands out is Riley v. California. For those unfamiliar, this case was directly connected to what many officers know as a "search incident to arrest," with a specific focus on cell phones. As many of you likely know, the Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure, and the Court determined that "a warrant is generally required for such a search, even when a cell phone is seized incident to arrest." Essentially, what this meant for law enforcement officers was that a search warrant must be obtained before searching the digital data in a cell phone seized at the time of a lawful arrest operation. Without getting into the technicalities of policy, you may imagine that, in most scenarios (when practical) the best policy is to obtain a warrant. The decision by the Court to impose this responsibility upon law enforcement to obtain a warrant was largely based on the conclusion that "Before cell phones, a search of a person was limited by physical realities and generally constituted only a narrow intrusion on privacy. But cell phones can store millions of pages of text, thousands of pictures, or hundreds of videos." Additionally, the Court stated, "A decade ago officers might have occasionally stumbled across a highly personal item such as a diary, but today many of the more than 90% of American adults who own cell phones keep on their person a digital record of nearly every aspect of their lives." Many would likely not disagree with the above statements, regardless of their age, gender, or any other distinguishing characteristic.

Subject: Criminal Justice

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What are the fundamental components of the criminal justice system?

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Christopher M.
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The fundamental components of the criminal justice system are generally considered to be law enforcement, the courts system, and corrections. Law enforcement includes, for example, police officers whose role is to protect citizens and uphold the laws of their city/state/country. The courts system involves attorneys, juries, judges, and anyone else participating in the determination of a person with a case being handled in the justice system. Lastly corrections refers to the correctional system, including punishment (jail/prison), probation, and sentencing.

Subject: Accounting

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How, exactly, do debits and credits work?

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Christopher M.
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In accounting, "debit" typically refers to the left side of an account, and "credit" refers to the right side of the account. For assets and expenses (with a few exceptions), you debit these accounts to increase their balance. On the other hand, for liabilities, revenues, and equities, you credit these accounts to increase their balance. Knowing these concepts is important because every transaction in accounting, of any kind, always affects, at minimum two accounts. So, that means there will always, at least, be one account debited and one account credited.

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