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The purpose of this article is to provide a discussion of the most interesting and noteworthy cases decided by the Fifth Circuit during 1975 in the area of constitutional criminal law. Although this circuit rendered approximately two hundred criminal opinions involving the constitutional protections guaranteed in the criminal process, relatively few cases dominated this field. Because of the importance of these cases, the author felt compelled to provide a fairly in depth treatment of several more significant decisions. However, in so doing every effort was made to avoid straying from the primary purpose of the article which is to survey the general area of constitutional criminal law.