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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Volpe, Joe J.


COURSE NUMBER: CJ313 INSTRUCTOR: JOE J. VOLPE
COURSE TITLE: Criminal Evidence TERM DATES: 10 January to 2 March 2005
SITE: LITTLE ROCK, AFB MEETING TIMES: 6:00-9:00 PM, M & W
Section S1LL, Bldg 842, Room TBA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a course about the law of criminal evidence. The course will include all evidentiary topics that commonly occur in criminal proceedings at both the state and federal levels. Topics include the court process, types of evidence, direct and circumstantial evidence, witnesses, crime scene evidence, documentary evidence, hearsay and its exceptions, privileged communications, search and seizure issues, detention, arrest and jail searches, self incrimination, and identification procedures.

GOALS OF THE COURSE: To provide students with an understanding of the basic rules, Constitutional principles and concepts of criminal evidence.
Office: 340-2619
FAX: 340-2728
Home: 376-3626
E-mail: Joe.Volpe@usdoj.gov

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completing this course, students will:
1. Understand the rules of criminal evidence.
2. Understand key terms used in the court process.
3. Understand evidentiary issues that commonly occur in the court process.
4. Understand the concept of hearsay.
5. Understand the types of evidence and their strengths and weaknesses.
6. Understand the Constitutional principles from where the rules of evidence derive.

COURSE ARRANGEMENTS: A combination of lectures, practical exercises, case analysis, and class discussion will be used to present the course subject matter.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students must satisfactorily complete all assignments/exercises and examinations to earn a passing grade in this course. Credit will be given to students who actively participate in class discussions.

COURSE TEXT: Judy Hails. Criminal Evidence, Fifth Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing, 2005.

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE: See Next Page.

CLASS POLICIES:
ATTENDANCE: Attendance at all scheduled class meetings is required. All absences will be reported to the Park College Office. Absences due to military duty, illness, and similar circumstances beyond the student=s control will be considered Aexcused@ absences. Excessive absences, either excused or un-excused, may prevent a student from satisfactorily completing the course requirements. If a student must be absent, IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR AND MAKE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS TO COMPLETE MISSED ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMINATIONS, ETC.

MAKEUP EXAMINATIONS: Makeup examinations must be completed before the student attends the next class session. Makeup examinations must be scheduled through the Park College office (988-5624) and must be completed during normal Park College office hours.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic honesty is required of all students. Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.

GRADING POLICY:
Midterm Examination 100
Final Examination 100

Total 200 Points


[200-180 points = A, 179-160 = B, 159-140 = C, 139-120 = D, Below 120=F]


Class and Exam Schedule

1/10 (M) Introduction and Course Overview

1/12 (W) Sources of Evidence Law
Reading assignment – Chapter 1

1/17 (M) The Court Process
Reading assignment- Chapter 2

1/19 (W) The Court Process-continued
Reading assignment-Chapter 2

1/24 (M) Types of Evidence
Reading assignment-Chapter 3
Examples of cases – Indictment, Complaint, Information.

1/26(W) Types of Evidence-continued


1/31 (M) Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Reading assignment-Chapter 4

2/2 (W) Witnesses & Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments and Models
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

2/7 (M) Witnesses & Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments and Models
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

2/9 (W) **MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Chapters 1-6

2/14 (M) Documentary Evidence
Reading assignment – Chapter 7

2/16(W) Documentary Evidence
Reading assignment – Chapter 7


2/21(M) Hearsay & Privileges
Reading assignment – Chapter 8 & 9

2/23 (W) Hearsay & Privileges
Reading assignment – Chapter 8 & 9

2/28 (M) Search and Seizure
Reading assignment – Chapter 10

3/2/ (W) **FINAL EXAMINATION


**-Denotes Graded Assignment or Graded Event