CRIMLJUS 6330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
|Course Number:||CRIMLJUS 6330|
|Course Name:||Criminal Procedure and Evidence|
|Course Description:||A study of case law defining constitutional constraints on police behavior in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification and investigation; rules on the exclusion of illegally seized evidence.|
- Define the concepts of seizure, search, reasonableness and probable cause through U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning the Fourth Amendment.
- Define "custody" and "interrogation" through U.S. Supreme Court cases interpreting the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.
- Explain how the concept of due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in identification and investigation procedures.
- Identify the view of the U.S. Supreme Court majority regarding the proper role of courts in supervising police behavior in the 1960s, the 1980s, and the present.
- Identify the holdings of the U.S. Supreme Court in key criminal procedure cases.
- Distinguish the reasoning of dissenters from that of the majority in key criminal procedure cases.
- Locate recent lower court cases in which key Supreme Court cases have been used as precedent.
- Using a standard briefing format, analyze any assigned appeals court case.
- Define the "new federalism" and appraise its effect on workers in the criminal justice system.
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- Each student will be required to brief a minimum of four cases in addition to the original brief in unit 1.
- 100 points each
- 100 points
- Criminal Procedure (facts of life): Explain to a young person what the Fourth Amendment might mean to him or her.
- Training Manual: Create a section of a training manual for new officers that promotes instant recognition of proper use of search warrant exceptions such as plain view, stop-and-frisk, search incident to arrest, and emergency searches.
- Criminal Procedure Philosophy: Compose a description of the criminal procedure philosophy of one twentieth-century Supreme Court justice. Consider the reasoning expressed in at least five of his or her judicial opinions, in either the majority or the dissent.
- Caveat: we may decide to change the role of the groups depending on the size of the class.
- The examinations are a combination of short-answer questions designed to cover the readings and material presented in the three course units.
- The purpose of each examination is to test your complete understanding and application of the unit's material.
- The examinations will require you to respond to the short-answer questions by writing a one- to two-paragraph answer.
- The examinations are to be completed in the Quizzes area of the course by the due dates given in the Course Calendar.
Exam 1 -- Optional Reality Czech, self evaluation ReviewExam 2 -- Optional Reality Czech, self evaluation ReviewExam 3 -- Optional Reality Czech, self evaluation Review
- 100 points