CJ313 The Law of Evidence

for S1D 2010

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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence


S1D 2010 DA


Schneider, Sally A.


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Semester Dates

01/11/2010 - 07/07/2010

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours


Hails, Judy.  "Criminal Evidence."  6th edition.  Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA 94002

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Course Description:
CJ313 The Law of Evidence: 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:
The philosophy for this course is one of interactivness based on lectures, instruction, group discussion, guest speakers and a field trip  The instructor believes that students learn by active participation and working together as a team.  Teamwork along with mutual respect is conducive to learning and promotes a harmonious atmosphere where eveyone counts.  The instructor will encourage students to express their opinions without fear or ridicule which initiates dialogues. A good sense of humor is also encouraged.

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 history and development of the rules of evidence.
  2. Define the legal definition of search and seizure and how it relates to the fourth admendment.
  3. Explain the scope of the prvilige against self-incrimination and how it relates to the fifth amendment.
  4. Interpret the US Supreme Courts decisions on major cases pertaining to the admissibility of 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:

Written Examiniation:  Two (2) examinations will be given during the semester, with short essay questions.  The examinations will constitute as fifty (50%) of your grade.  Students will be allowed the entire class period to take the examinations.
Research paper:  One (1) written paper consisting of ten (10) pages, double-spaced will be required.  the paper will count as fourty (40%) of your final grade.  The following guidelines will be used:
   - Your paper must be written in APA format
   - Subject must pertain to Criminal Evidence
   - Define your premise for your paper
   - List important facts, explain the main ideas, and discuss the concepts or arguments the author used to support the ideas.
   - Five references are requiredd and one of them must be your text.
   - Identify the references of your paper on a separate sheet of paper.
   - Present the paper in class, eight (8) to ten (10) minutes
   - Your topic must be selected by the fourth class meeting, therefore allowing you adequate time to complete the paper.


Examiniations - 50%
Research paper - 40%
Attendance/Participation - 10%
Total  100%
Final Grade criterion:
100-90 = A
89 -80 = B
79 -70 = C
69 - 60 = D
Below 59 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Make-up exam policy:  Please try not to miss exams and due dates of written assignments.  make-up exams must be taken no later than one week after the original exam date.  Make=up exams must be coordinated with the instructor so arrangements can be made for you.  If no effort is made by you to make-up the exam, your scorre will result in a ZERO.  All written papers are due on their due dates. If you will not be attending class on that date, youmust leave the paper on its due date with personnel from Park University.  All late papers will receive a ten (10%) percent reduction for each day it is late.
Extra credit is only allowed with emergency situations and excused absences.
If you feel that you need extra help in understanding this course, please contact me so I can provide assistance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Please be respectful of your instructor and classmates.  Students are expected to maintain the classroom in a neat, clean, and orderly fashion.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan 11:  Introduction, Review of Syllabus, and Library Orientation
            Chapter 1: Introduction to the Laws of Evidence
Jan 13:  Chapter 2:   The Court Process
             Chapter 3:  Types of Evidence
Jan 18:  Chapter 4:  Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
             Chapter 5:  Witnesses
Jan 20:  Chapter 6:  Crime Scene Evidence
Jan 25:  Chapter 7:  Documentary Evidence
             Chapter 8:  Hearsay and its Exceptions
Jan 27:  Chapter 9:  Priviliged Communicaitons
             Review for  Exam One
Feb 1:  Examination One - Chapters 1-9
Feb 3:  Chapter 10:  Search and Seizure
Feb 8:  Chapter 11:  Field Interviews, Arrests, and Jail Searches
Feb 10:  Chapter 12:  Planview, Consent, and Administrative Warrants
Feb 15:  Chapter 13:  Electronic Surveillances and other Searches
              Chapter 14:  Self-Incrimination
Feb 17:  Chapter 15:  Identification Procedures
              Chapter 16:  Preparing the Case for Court
Feb 22:  Guest Speaker, Prosecutor
Feb 24:  Field Trip - Superior Court
Mar 1:  Research paper due - Clas presentations
            Review for Exam Two
Mar 3:  Examination Two - Chapters 10-16
Note: In some incidents only significant portions of the chapters will be discussed.  Students will be advised accordingly.
Note:  Students will be advised of any changes to the syllabus.

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 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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 
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 
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 
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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 
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 
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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 
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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 
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The artifact contains the following:

-Title page


-Bibliography with at least 8 sources


The artifact contains the following:

-Title page


-Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources

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

-title page


-bibliography of at least 5 sources

The artifact is missing most of the required elements 


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