Criminal Justice 9

Part 1
The book for this course is Criminal-Law-OER.pdf Click for more options

Chapter 4

1. If the law requires an intentional act to constitute a crime, can failing to act be a crime? What does the law say about Omissions to Act? Is there a duty to act for everyone in society? Give an example of when and how failing to act can be a crime.

2. Tom leaves for work at 5:00am every morning while it is still dark outside. Julie is distraught and angry at her husband and decides she is going to kill their young child. Julie places her child behind Tom’s tire at 4:30am. When Tom leave for work, he backs up and doesn’t see the child. The child dies.
Who is the factual cause of the child’s death? Explain your answer.
Who is the legal cause of the child’s death? Explain your answer.
Who would be charged with a crime in this example?

Chapter 5

1. What is the “Choice of Evils” defense? List and describe the three elements required for this defense. Provide an example of a situation in which this defense might apply.

2. What is the Duress Defense? List and describe the three elements required for the duress defense. Provide an example of a situation in which this defense might apply.

Part 2

Walker, Samuel & Katz, Charles, The Police In America, An Introduction, 9th Edition, McGraw Hill

1. Explain three theories that have been used by researchers to understand police organizational structures and operational strategies.

2. Explain the concept of a police subculture in detail.

Part 3

These are the materials you will need for this course:

  • Swanson, C., Chamelin, N., Territo, L., & Taylor, R. Criminal Investigation, 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill
  1. What are the six interrogatory and basic investigative questions?
  2. In a photo lineup what are “fillers” and why are they used?
  3. What is CODIS and how does it help solve crime?

part 4

These are the materials you will need for this course:

  • Samaha, J. Criminal Procedure, 10th, Cengage.

Chapter 9 – Perry v. New Hampshire

  1. Was the show-up accidental? Explain your answer.
  2. Summarize the majority opinions arguments supporting its decision that the
  3. Manson two-prong test does not apply to the show-up.
  4. Summarize Justice Sotomayor’s arguments that the Manson test should apply.
  5. In your opinion should the Manson two-prong test apply to the show-up? Back up your answer with arguments from the facts and SCOTUS opinion(s).
  6. How does SCOTUS address the innocence and evidence-based decision-making ideals? Explain your answer.

Chapter 10 – Hudson v. Michigan

  1. List the relevant facts regarding the police entry into Booker T. Hudson’s home.
  2. Summarize the majority’s reasons for creating the “knock-and-announce” exception.
  3. Summarize the dissent’s reasons for opposing the “knock-and-announce” exception.
  4. Summarize Justice Kennedy’s concurring opinion. What is the significance of his opinion? Explain.
  5. In your opinion, who has the better argument? Defend your answer.