CJ400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just

for S1B 2006

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                                                          Course Number CJ 400

Course Title: Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Instructor:  Judge M. Sue Kurita     543-3868  mskueir@aol.com

Term Dates:  3 January 25 February  

Course Time: Saturday 8:00 a.m.


I.      Course Description


An examination of the constitutional aspects of law enforcement, with emphasis on the law of arrest, search and seizure, self incrimination, the right to counsel, and rights regarding electronic surveillance.


II.     Course Goals


 1 .     To provide the student with an historical background of the Federal Constitution Bill of Rights, and Adue process".


 2.         To provide the student with a "working knowledge@ of (a) speech, press and assembly,           (b) authority to detain and arrest, (c) search and seizure,

  (d)wiretapping and eavesdropping, (e) interrogation and confessions,

  (f)self-incrimination and related issues, (g) double jeopardy, (h) fair trial

  and humane punishment, and  (i) civil rights.


3.  To provide the student with a body of related information concerning topics in the course goals by examining related cases.


4.  To provide the student with an appreciation of the evolutionary development of the Federal Constitution and Bill of Rights.


5.  To provide the student with an appreciation for the variety of individuals who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court and thereby ascertain how personalities have affected decisions of Constitutional Law


III.  Learning Objectives


1.  The student completing the course of instruction will be able to demonstrate his/her  knowledge of the Federal Constitution, Bill of Rights, and due process through written examination.


            2            The student completing this course of instruction will be able to

         demonstrate his/her knowledge of items listed the Course Goals

                     through written and oral examination.


   3.    The student completing this course will be able to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the

          major personalities, history, social events, etc. affecting the evolution of the     Constitution through decisions of the US- Supreme Court, through written examination..


IV.     Course Arrangements


The class will consist of lecture and class discussion participation, case briefing.


V.     Course Requirements


Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss and brief the cases located at the end of each chapter.


Discussion of the chapter cases will the basis of the class participation grade.


VI.    Textbook        


 American Constitutional Law, Stephens Jr./ Scheb II,      

 VII.    Supplemental Resource Material List


Outside readings as assigned by Professor.


VIII.   Class Policies


Class participation is required. Students are responsible for completing all reading assignments prior to class.                                                            


The Park College policy concerning class attendance will be strictly enforced.


Academic honesty is non-negotiable.


IX.     Grading Policies


        1. Mid-Term Exam            45%      

        2. Final Exam                    45%                   

        3. Class Participating         10%                  


A =   90%-100%

B =   80%- 89%

C =   70%-79%

D =   60%-69%

F =    Below 60%







SESSION                                         ASSIGNMENT


1. Jan. 7                                       Introduction & Chap. 1- The Supreme Court in the American Judicial Process


2. Jan. 14                    Chaps. 2 & 3- The Establishment and Exercise of Judicial Review; External Constraints on Judicial Power


3. Jan. 21                    Chaps. 4& 5-Internal Limitations on Judicial Power; Congress & the Development of National Power Chap. 6-The Power pf the Presidency



4. Jan. 28                    Chap. 9-Constitutional Sources of Civil Rights & Liberties


5. Feb. 4                                  Chap. 11-Freedom of Expression, Assembly & Association Chap. 12-Freedom of the Press Chap. 13-Religious Liberty & Church-State Relations


6. Feb.11                                  Chap. 14-The Constitution & Criminal Justice


7. Feb.18                                  Chap. 15-Personal Autonomy & the Constitutional Right of Privacy, Chapter 16-Equal Protection & the Anti- discrimination