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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
Nuttall, Dennis L.


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 400, Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Semester

U1T 2007 DL

Faculty

Nuttall, Dennis L.

Title

Senior Professor, Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

Masters of Science in Administration
Bachelor of Arts, CJ Admin

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM MST, by e-mail or cell phone

Daytime Phone

Cell: 719-210-5075

E-Mail

dennis.nuttall@park.edu

nuttalld@peoplepc.com

Semester Dates

4 Jun 07 - 29 Jul 07

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 9th edition, by John N. Ferdico (Wadsworth 2004).

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HOW TO STUDY THE TEXTBOOK:

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.

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Course Description:
This advanced course is 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. PREREQUISITE: Junior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I believe in meaningful interaction with the student on many levels.   This course includes reading of the text, participating in online discussions, preparation of case briefs, a final proctored exam and a thesis paper. I post pertinent information in the on-line format, however your learning also comes from your offline assignments.  Some assignments will require you to research subjects (for the discussion areas) not addressed in the book, but I will give you specific direction on what I expect.  I also rely on your interaction with your instructor as well as with your peers to compliment the assignments. If you apply yourself, you will learn a great deal from the case briefs and thesis assignment.  I encourage you to call me or e-mail me, anytime you have a question or concern.  I enjoy talking to students and will communicate with you whenever possible. 

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:

Constitutional Research Paper


For this class you must conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by your instructor and write a paper analyzing what you find, using U.S. Constitutional provisions, statutes, and court cases to support how you would solve the constitutional issue, and discussing social policy implications of your solution to the issue.

The purposes in conducting this research and writing this paper are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, using the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and U.S. Supreme Court cases; use this information to propose a solution to a constitutional issue; discuss social policy implications of your solution; and present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class.

To complete this research paper, you should:


  1. Select a current constitutional issue and have it approved by your instructor.
  2. Research the provision(s) of the United States Constitution that are at the heart of the issue.
  3. Research any federal or state statutes that impact this issue.
  4. Research previous decisions of the United States Supreme Court that impact this issue.
  5. Search for any pending case(s) before the U.S. Supreme Court that may involve this issue.
  6. Based on your research, determine what should be the solution of this constitutional issue.
  7. Consider social policy implications of your solution.
  8. Write a paper explaining the issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome. 

Your paper must include:



  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Clear statement of the constitutional issue
  4. Discussion of your research
  5. Clear statement of your proposed solution, with supporting argument
  6. Discussion of social policy implications of your solution
  7. Reference page, using APA style 

The text of this paper should be at least fifteen pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.  You must write technically correctly using APA format,

 

You will present your paper in class during the last week of class.  If you are taking this course online, you will answer questions from your classmates about your paper in a discussion thread created for this purpose.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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!

 

Grading:

Grading:

Paper (CB) #1                    10%            Week 2

Paper (CB) #2                    10%            Week 3

Paper (CB) #3                    10%            Week 4

Paper (CB) #4                    10%            Week 5

Paper #5  (Thesis paper)   20%            Week 7 (Course Assessment)

Class Participation              20%           Continually

Proctored Exam                   20%           Week 8

TOTAL                                 100%
 
* CB = Case Brief
 
** For Week 7, the Research  paper is a thesis paper which is also the Course Assessment.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.

Homework assignments (Case Briefs and papers):  Papers/case briefs not in the proper format will be returned and START at 75%. These will not be accepted late without prior coordination with the instructor!

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:

(See grading plan for weekly assignments)
Week 1: A Review of the Constitution and the American Court System
  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 1 and 2.
Week 2: Basic Underlying Concepts in Constitutional Law

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapter 3.
Week 3: Arrest, Search Warrants, and Probable Cause

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 4, 5, and 6.
Week 4: Exceptions to the Search Warrant Requirement, Part I

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 7 and 8.
Week 5: Exceptions to the Search Warrant Requirement, Part II

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 9, 10, and 12.
Week 6: Exceptions to the Search Warrant Requirement, Part III

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapter 11.
Week 7: Admissions and Confessions

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapter 13.
Week 8: Pretrial Identification Procedures

 

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapter 14.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
I encourage COLLABORATION and wide use of diverse sources throughout the course, as well as healthy discussion.  However, make sure work you turn in and represent as your own is yours.  Plagiarism for a course in criminal justice will not be tolerated, and will be grounds for immediate removal from the course.  If you are in doubt, ask 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Contact me anytime for questions on the attendance policy.

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (more than 5) into a consistent whole Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (3 to 5) into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements using more than 5 sources Analyzes key elements using 3 to 5 sources Analyzes key elements using fewer than 3 sources Analysis is not present in artifact 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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