Mr. Krieble

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Assignments - Criminal Justice


Chapter 9 Question(s):

1. Attorney Stevenson and his staff uncovered "exculpatory evidence" (p. 164) on which they would base their appeal to free Walter McMillian. Explain what exculpatory evidence is in the context of a criminal trial and summarize the evidence they believe they had.
2. What is the rule of sequestration?(p. 167). Explain its general significance to any trial...why do you think Stevenson make this motion in court?
3. What does it mean to "recant" one's testimony? How does this apply to witness Ralph Myers? (p. 169).
4. What does it mean to have been "coerced" to testify falsely? (p.171)
5. Cite an example of prosecutorial misconduct outlined on page 172.
6. Cite examples of exculpatory evidence as outlined on pages 173 and 182.
7. What does it mean that "...the State put on no rebuttal case?" (p. 183.)
Chapter 10 Question(s):
8. Explain "mitigation" and how this chapter describes the tragic plight of the mentally ill within the US prison system.
9. Do you agree with the statement on page 201? - "The bad things that happen to us don't define us." Explain your answer.
10. On page 205, the author explains why Judge Norton denied the appeal the defense had set forth during the trial as follows..."He was a custodian for the system who was unlikely to overturn the previous judgment, even if there was compelling evidence of innocence." What does the author mean by this?
Chapter 11 Question(s):
11. Technically, did Officers Hooks and Hightower commit a crime during the trial? If so, what crime did they commit? Where on page 215 is this suggested?
12. How is the term "collateral damage" reflected in this chapter? What happened concerning McMillian that was the result of his wrongful conviction and imprisonment? Quote a section from this chapter that supports your conclusion.

Due March 23rd ATBOC

Famous Trial Analysis

Research the "famous case" you agreed to analyze. Respond to the following in your typed short essay:

Why is your case considered famous? (Consider social issues, celebrity of the accused, im[portant rulings that set a precedent for future trials, etc.)

What was the central issue in the case?

What did the jury decide?

Do you agree with the jury verdict? Expalin your reasoning.

Due ATBOc Friday, March 25th

Chapter 12:

Explain the plight of women in poverty as it relates to the wrongfully convicted. The development of your short essay answer(300 - 350 words) should incorporate the "three strikes rule," collateral consequences, welfare reform legislation, and female inmate abuse.

Chapter 13:

Explain why immunity laws exist that protect prosecutors from civil liability. Is there a law in the State of Washington that prohibits or makes punishable acts of prosecutorial misconduct? If so, where is it found in statute and what are the elements of this law?

Chapter 14: (This question is a doozie!)

Sit down with your parent(s) and read the paragraph that begins on the bottom of page 267 starting with "Contemporary neurological, psychological, and sociological evidence..." and ends on page 268 "...impulse control, and autonomy." Then, read the first sentence at the bottom of the page, "These biological and psychological developments explain...teenage years."

Now, ask your parent(s) the following question: "How did your childhood influence the way you have raised me (and my brother(s) and sisters(s) ) and used discipline and teach important lessons about life?"

Summarize what your parents said in response to this question and then write your own personal reflection connecting your thoughts on your own maturity, independence, and future orientation.

Chapter 15:

This chapter becomes very thought provoking the more deeply one considers the author's premise that "We are all broken by something." P. 289

Read again the paragraph on page 290 beginning with "...I thought of the victims of violent crime...only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too."

As a philosophical argument against the death penalty, do you support or reject this perspective?
Explain in sufficient detail your view on the death penalty. Use a minimum of one reference outside of the class text to support your response and cite the reference.

Chapter 16:
Consider the author’s description of the fourth social institution of mass incarceration (page 301), that has to a great extent defined the US criminal justice system in the modern era. After doing so, research at least one republican and one democratic presidential candidate to assess their respective platform on criminal justice reform. Summarize their intent (if elected) and identify which candidate, in your opinion, is advancing the most comprehensive model for reform. Be specific regarding what the author has identified as core problems to include the criminalization of new immigrants and undocumented people…a serious problem facing the United States at this time.

Due ATBOC April 1st, Friday

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