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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Volpe, Joe J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S1LL 2006 LR

Faculty

Volpe, Joe J.

Daytime Phone

501-340-2619

E-Mail

jvolpe@park.edu

joe.volpe@usdoj.gov

Semester Dates

January 9 - March 6, 2006

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


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


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.  

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures and readings.  Active class participation and discussion are highly encouraged.  

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the rules of criminal evidence.
  2. Understand key terms used in the court process.
  3. Understand the types of evidence and their strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Understand the Constitutional principles from where the rules of evidence derive.
Class Assessment:
Two exams worth 100 points each.

Grading:
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]

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class 1 (M) Introduction and Course Overview

Class 2 (W) Sources of Evidence Law
Reading assignment – Chapter 1

Class 3 (M) The Court Process
Reading assignment- Chapter 2

Class 4 (W) The Court Process-continued
Reading assignment-Chapter 2

Class 5 (M) Types of Evidence
Reading assignment-Chapter 3
Examples of cases – Indictment, Complaint, Information.  

Class 6 (W) Types of Evidence-continued

Class 7 (M) Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Reading assignment-Chapter 4

Class 8 (W) Witnesses & Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments and Models
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

Class 9 (M) Witnesses & Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments and Models
Reading assignment-Chapter 5 & 6

Class 10 (W) **MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Chapters 1-6

Class 11 (M) Documentary Evidence
Reading assignment – Chapter 7

Class 12 (W) Documentary Evidence
Reading assignment – Chapter 7


Class 13 (M) Hearsay & Privileges
Reading assignment – Chapter 8 & 9

Class 14 (W) Hearsay & Privileges
Reading assignment – Chapter 8 & 9

Class 15 (M) Search and Seizure
Reading assignment – Chapter 10

Class 16 (W) **FINAL EXAMINATION

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

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. 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.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
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