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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Scheffner, Douglas W.


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CourseCJ 313 The Law of Evidence PV
SemesterU1J2005
FacultyScheffner, Douglas W.
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBA, Criminal Justice Administration
MPA, Municipal Administration
Office HoursArrange as Needed
Daytime Phone816-213-9350
Other Phone816-454-0591
E-MailDouglas.Scheffner@pirate.park.edu
dscheffner@kc.rr.com
Semester DatesJune 6, 2005 - July 31, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesCJ312, Criminalistics
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminal Evidence, 5th ed., by Hails, Judy
ISBN: 0-495-00138-4

Additional Resources:
Internet aid indicated:
How To Brief A Court Case
FindLaw

http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/research/brief.html
http://www.findlaw.com/

Course Description:
The rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases: general provisions, judicial notice, presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentication, and identification.  Pre-requisite: CJ312. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This course is based upon a series of interactive meetings which incorporate lectures, readings, examinations/quizzes and outside resource material.  Students will engage in an exploration of compatable and contradictory ideas, based upon issues and expreriences compared against course material.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students shall recognize the nature and basis of evidence to include its sources, types and legal parameters.

Students shall engage in a regular, structured examination of evidence and its uses within the court and legal system.  Sections of the course shall build upon previous segments so as to enable the student to analyze information, recognizing its legality based upon Constitutional, statutory or court determinations, and interpret legal from extra-legal material.

Course Assessment:
Assessment of student learning of the material will be based upon individual class presentations and interactive discussions, completion of unit quizzes and completion of a comprehensive final examination at the conclusion of the course.

A portion of grade assessment will also be dependant upon interaction within the class.  This shall include engaging in discussions, and arriving on time for class.  Points for this portion of the course assessment will be deducted for each five minutes a student arrives late for class.

Grading:
Students will be evaluated on the total number of points earned as compared to the greatest amount of points which may be earned in each class activity.

Seven Quizzes 5% each
Student Presentations 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Class Participation 10%
Total 100%

Grading Percentages:
90%  -  100% A
80%  -    89% B
70%  -    79% C
60%  -    69% D
Below 60% F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All course material is expected to be completed by the date indicated, unless previous arrangements are made with the instructor.  Late material not excused shall be subjected to a penalty of ten points per week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, respectful manner toward all others within the class.  This respect includes manner of speech, arriving on time for class so the class can begin on time without interruption, and being prepared for class presentations, quizzes or discussion.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week One - June 9:   Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 and 2
Lectures and Discussions: Introductions and course expectations
Introduction to Criminal Evidence
The Court Process
Assignments of Court Briefs

Week Two - June 16:  Reading Assignment: Chapters 3, and 4
Quiz #1: chapters 1-2
Student Case Brief Presentation #1
Lectures and Discussions: Types of Evidence
Direct and Circumstantial Evidence


Week Three - June 23:  Reading Assignment: Chapters 5 and 6
Quiz #2: chapters 3-4
Student Case Brief Presentation #2
Lectures and Discussions: Witnesses
Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments and Models
Documentary Evidence
Hearsay and Its Exceptions

Week Four - June 30:  Reading Assignment: Chapters 7 and 8
Quiz #3: chapters 5-6
Student Case Brief Presentation #3
Lectures and Discussions: Documentary Evidence
Hearsay and Its Exceptions

Week Five - July 7: Reading Assignment: Chapters 9 and 10
Quiz #4: chapters 7-8
Student Case Brief Presentation #4
Lectures and Discussions: Privileged Communications
Developing Law of Search and Seizure

Week Six - July 14: Reading Assignment: Chapters 11 and 12
Quiz #5: chapters 9-10
Student Case Brief Presentation #5
Lectures and Discussions: Field Interviews, Arrests and Jail Searches
Plain View, Consent and Administrative Warrants

Week Seven - July 21: Reading Assignment: Chapters 13 and 14
Quiz #6: chapters 11-12
Student Case Brief Presentation #6
Lectures and Discussions: Electronic Surveillance and Other Searches
Self-Incrimination

Week Eight - July 28: Reading Assignment: Chapters 15 and 16
Quiz #7: chapters 13 and 14
Student Case Brief Presentation #7
Lectures and Discussions: Identification Procedures
Preparing for Court
Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community.  Many of you aspire to criminal justice careers and the expectation of professional honesty and integrity is both expected and rigidly enforced.  Hence, neither the college nor I will tolerate cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty should expect to receive failing grades and possible expulsion from Park University.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Plagiarism is sometimes the act of carelessness or ignorance.  This does not, however, make it less serious.  One of the most frequent offenses occur with information taken electronically from internet sites.  Be aware that I do check sources.  If I find any form of plagiarism, the minimum expectation is a grade of 0% on that work.  If I believe it to have been a deliberate or flagrant act, I will fail the student for the course and may additionally recommend expulsion from Park University.  If you have any questions in this regard please see me.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
Please take note that this is an intensive course, taught in half the time of a regular semester and meeting only once each week.  I understand if issues from "real life" might intrude, but I will expect students to communicate with me before, or immediately after absences.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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