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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Lulejian, Jerry


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

F2VV 2008 VN

Faculty

Lulejian, Jerry

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Economics - Cal. State Univ. at Long Beach
J.D. Law - Southwestern University School of Law

Office Location

Park University - Vandenberg Air Force Base

Office Hours

By appointment.

Daytime Phone

(805) 709-2631

Other Phone

(805) 346-7632

E-Mail

Jerry.Lulejian@pirate.park.edu

radiow6tf@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

October 20 through December 14, 2008

Class Days

-Monday--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Textbook:  Criminal Evidence

Authors:  Judy Hails 

Edition: Fifth Edition, 2005.

Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth

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Course Description:
This intermediate course examines the rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases, general provisions, judicial notice, presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentication, and identification. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course will be concept oriented, with a teaching emphasis on identifying, describing and applying specific concepts connected with criminal evidence law.  Class discussions of each concept will be encouraged and extra credit available for students who actively participate in class discussion.  The multiple choice/true-false/short answer/essay examinations will test the student’s ability to identify, understand and apply these concepts.  Each concept that the student will be responsible for learning will be well identified, specified and described in each class session.  Therefore, it will be in the best interest of students to attend all sessions and remain in attendance throughout each session so as to not miss key concepts that are covered throughout each session.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case, the different types of evidence as introduced at trial, and the issues surrounding the use of witnesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  2. Critique hearsay evidence and privileged communications.
  3. Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice system and the evidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the legal rules and procedures involving confessions and admissions;
  2. Understand the standards governing the admission of lay and expert opinion;
  3. Examine practical and legal issues related to Evidence collection and preservation;
  4. Understand the differences between direct and circumstantial evidence.
Core Assessment:


·        Class participation, short answer-essay exams


·        Essay exams


·        Research paper(s) &/or project(s), presentation on paper &/or project

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Description of Methods of Evaluation: Objective multiple choice/true-false/short answer and essay examinations and evaluation of relevancy, depth and overall content of writing assignment.

 

Grading Scale:           90 - 100           A

                                    80 - 89             B

                                    70 - 79             C

                                    60 - 69             D

                                    Below 60         F

 

 

 

 

Grading:

Three multiple choice/true-false/short answer/essay examinations, each 25% of Grade.  One research paper of ten (10) pages on a topic approved by the Instructor is also required and counts for the remaining 25% of the grade.  The format for the paper will be presented in class.  Extra credit can be earned from exception class participation and outside assignments approved by the instructor.  A suggested outside activity would be to witness a criminal hearing in a local superior court and write a brief report of the issues to be decided and the court ruling.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Tests are to be taken on the date and time scheduled.  No make-up tests will be given unless the instructor or site director feels the absence at the time was justified.  If the absence was unavoidable or otherwise justified, the student and instructor will coordinate  a  make-up examination to be taken as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones shall be placed in the vibrate mode or turned off during class.  If a student must take a cell phone call during class, he/she shall excuse themselves and step outside the classroom to take the call.

 

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Activities & Assignments:

Week 1: Reading assignment – Chapters 1 and 2.  (Introduction and Court Process)              (October 20, 2008)
 

Week 2: Reading assignment - Chapters 3 and 4. Decide on Topic for Paper.                        (October 27, 2008)
                                                 (Types of Evidence and Direct and Circumstantial Evidence)
 

Week 3: Reading assignment - Chapters 5 and 6. Mid Term Examination (Chapters 1 - 4)     (November 3, 2008)
                                                (Witnesses and Crime Scene Evidence)
 

Week 4: Reading assignment - Chapters 7 and 8.                                                                  (November 10, 2008)
                                                (Documentary Evidence and Hearsay and Its Exceptions)
 

Week 5: Reading assignment - Chapters 9 and 10. Mid Term Examination (Chapters 5-8.     (November 17, 2008)
                                                  (Privileges and Search and Seizure Law)
 

Week 6: Reading assignment - Chapters 11, 12 and 13.                                                        (November 24, 2008)
                                                (Field Interviews, Plain View and Consent, and Electronic Surveillance)
 

Week 7: Reading assignment - Chapters 14, 15 and 16. Review for Final Examination.           (December 1, 2008)
                                                (Self-Incrimination, Identification Procedures and Preparing Case for Trial)
 

Week 8: Course Review. Turn in paper. Final Examination                                                    (December 8, 2008)

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 8

Sources from class readings, observations, and other resources

 
The artifact assembles  at least 6-8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 5 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 8 outside sources and the ability to draw a well supported conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of at least 6-8 sources and an adequate conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of 5 or fewer outside resources and show little ability to draw a conclusion about the case chosen The artifact does not display a proper conclusion about the case chosen 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen. The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective  in examining the facts contained in the case chosen Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 mistakes in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements The artifact discusses 5 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements The artifact discusses fewer than five key elements and displays little understanding of the elements The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts through out 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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 6 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is 4-6 pages in length, displays proper grammar, and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in proper format, contains multiple grammar errors , and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography with at least 8 sources

-outline

 
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources



 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

-title page

-body,

-bibliography of at least 5 sources

 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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