CJ400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just

for S2T 2006

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CJ 400 Constitutional Law In Criminal Justice


S2T 2006 DL


Nuttall, Dennis L.


Senior Instructor, Criminal Justice


BA, Criminal Justice Administration
MSA, Human Resource Management

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Semester Dates

Mar 13 - May 7

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 9th edition
Author: John N. Ferdico

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

To help you accomplish the course objectives effectively and efficiently, make full use of the many distinctive features of the textbook.  Note that each chapter has review and discussion questions at the end of the chapter.  Review these before reading the chapter.  The information contained in the questions will assist you in studying the material in the chapter.  In addition, just after the review and discussion questions, several chapters have a section called "Real-Life Fact Situations".  This feature provides an opportunity to apply the text material to real fact situations.  The author of the text is an attorney, with practical experience in the application of the Constitution to real-life cases.

The text has four parts.  Part I contains three chapters and serves as a review of the United States Constitution and the court system, and an introduction to basic constitutional concepts.  Part II has three chapters which examine the three areas of constitutional application:  arrest, searches, and probable cause.  Part III has six chapters which discuss specific exceptions to the search warrant requirement:  stop and frisk, search incident to arrest, consent searches, the plain view doctrine, search and seizure of vehicles and containers, and open fields.  Part IV has two chapters which focus on admissions and confessions and on pretrial identification procedures.

Course Description:
An in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution as it applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Pre-requisite: Junior standing. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the American criminal justice system, law enforcement, and criminal law, using the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze recent constitutional issues, based on the right to privacy and the Exclusionary Rule, including electronic surveillance.
  3. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills, gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Each student is responsible for:

Completing weekly reading assignments.
Participating in weekly discussions.
Studying various online resources.
Completing six substantial writing assignments, referred to as papers.
Completing a proctored examination during Week 8.

Computer literacy - Students are expected to have frequent access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account. Computer literacy is expected (e.g. setting up files, familiarity with browsing and downloading Internet files, etc.).

Reading assignments - Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the lectures and articles displayed for each week, and assigned material on the Internet. The Discussions and Assignments and Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Class participation (Discussions) - Students should visit the Discussion area for each week at least three times each week. Each week, students will participate and discuss the questions posted there, since this is such an important aspect of the course. At the beginning of each week some starting questions will be posted in a new Discussion thread. After students respond, the instructor will post more questions, and students may respond to answers posted by other students. The Discussion area is designed to function like a traditional classroom with class discussion. NOTE: Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.

Homework assignments (Case Briefs) - Students will submit to the Dropbox seven assignments, the last six being case briefs. These are not major research papers, but rather essays answering questions dealing with the topics covered in the course, case briefs of cases discussed, and any group projects. As with any writing where the ideas or words of others are used, appropriate citation of the source of those ideas or words is required. Your case brief MUST follow my format EXACTLY as stated on the course home page. Papers not in the proper format will be returned and START at 75%. These will not be accepted late without prior coordination with the instructor!

Proctored examination - An examination will be taken in person during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred, but K-12 school officials or senior personnel at the place of employment are usually acceptable. Approved proctors may also include pastors, chaplains, US Embassy officials, military education officers, any college or university faculty member or administrator. Excluded from approval as proctors shall be family members, neighbors, friends, and immediate supervisors. For these proctored examinations, photo identification is required. A proctor information form will be provided.

Course Grading Scale - Students will be evaluated on the total number of points he/she earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each course activity. In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

Was the work completed?
Was the work completed correctly
Was the work completed on time?

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90-100 (or 900 points or higher*)
B = 80-89 (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79 (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69 (or 600 to 699 points)
F = 0-59 (599 or fewer points)
*1000 points is the maximum points possible

% of Grade
Due Date

Paper #1 10%  Week 2
Paper #2 10%  Week 3
Paper #3 10%  Week 4
Paper #4 10%  Week 5
Paper #5 10%  Week 6
Paper #6 10%  Week 7
Class Participation  20%  Continually
Proctored Examination  20%  Week 8
 Total 100%  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Work received after the end of the week will not be accepted without prior coordination with the instructor. Discussion responses will be scored as a zero if not posted by the end of the class week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course is offered on-line, over the Internet. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system - the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. In addition, students are expected to devote a minimum of another four hours per class week studying the text and other online resources.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted, or postmarked, so that they are in my hands on the due date. Late assignments will receive a reduction in points (please see grading policies ). This applies to mailed assignments submitted through the postal service, as well as to assignments and papers submitted on-line. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems submitting your assignments to the Dropbox, notify me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Refer to weekly links for weekly topics and assignments.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community.  Neither the college nor I will tolerate cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers, or other course assignments.  Park University policies are in effect. All your work must be your own, unless I authorize collaboration, in which case you must, in writing, acknowledge the help you have received. Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or expressions of another in any form is cheating through plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. The claim of ignorance is no excuse.

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 .

Additional Information:

My Bio:

 Prof. Dennis L. Nuttall is a retired Air Force Officer whose 22+ year career has taken him to numerous locations. His vast military training includes: Space and ICBM control and certified instructor at the Citadel and Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. He also has an extensive background in Civil Engineering including security and fire detection applications, energy management systems, HVAC, and radio control alarms. 

Prof. Nuttall earned four college degrees while serving in the military via evening and night college courses. These include an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and a Baccalaureate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice through Eastern Washington University (EWU), Cheney, Washington. He graduated at EWU as an honors student in Advanced Forensics.  He earned his Masters of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, Mt Clemens, MI, with a concentration on Criminology.  His Masters Thesis was centered on recidivism in sexual offenders.  He is considering pursuing a PhD, in criminal justice.   

Prof. Nuttall enjoys all sports, particularly soccer, and enjoys many other outdoor activities.  He is an avid motorcyclist and off-road enthusiast.  He also enjoys reading, particularly criminal justice topics and history.

Presently he resides with his wife and 3 sons in Colorado Springs, CO.


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Last Updated:3/15/2006 5:59:47 PM