COURSE NUMBER: CJ400
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COURSE TITLE: CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
PROFESSOR: VINCENT J. INFINITO, ESQ.
OFFICE HOURS: MON & WED 1615-1645
TERM & DATES: SPRING II, 2005; 21 MARCH – 15 MAY, 2005
MEETING: MON/WED 1645 – 1915
PARK EMAIL: Vincent.Infinito@park.edu
CREDIT HOURS: 3 CREDIT HOURS
SITE: MCAS CHERRY POINT
VISION STATEMENT: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society
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.
SYLLABUS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
I COURSE DESCRIPTION: A comprehensive study and analysis of the United States Constitution as it applies to the Administration of Criminal Justice; a study and review of Court decisions which interpret the Constitution, especially Supreme Court decisions; an analysis of the principles which limit the authority and powers of State and local governments; and a study of the guideline decisions affecting Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Administration.
II LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This course will require the student to understand and analyse the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court which interpret the Bill of Rights and affect the administration of Criminal Justice on Federal, State and local levels. The student will also have to recognize the rights protected by the Constitution and be able to apply these in answering questions on examinations.
III TEXTBOOK: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, CONSTITUTION and SOCIETY , Fourth Edition, Marvin Zalman, West Publishing Company, 2001.
IV SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST: Criminal Procedure For The Criminal Justice Professional, Sixth Edition: Ferdico, John; West Publishing Co.,1996; Criminal Law and Procedure; Second Edition,. Scheb & Scheb; West Publishing Co.,1994; The Warren Court and Criminal Procedure," Pye, A.K., Michigan Law Review, 67:249 (1968). The Structure of Criminal Procedure: Laws and Practice of France, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States (New York: Greenwood Press, 1987).
V. ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park
VI. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.
VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
VIII. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.
IX. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The final course grade for the student will be determined by class participation, two examinations (midterm and final) and assigned projects or term papers.
XI. CLASSROOM RULES: Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time.
Disabilities: Students with disabilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the term begins.
XII. GRADING POLICY: The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:
Class Participation: 10%
Mid- Term Examination: 40%
Term Paper: 10%
Final Examination: 40%
Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.
The grade scale is as follows:
A -93% or above
B -85% to 92.99%
C -77% to 84.99%
D -70% to 76.99%
F -below 70%
XIII IMPORTANT DATES
Beginning of Term: MARCH 21, 2005
Last Day of Add/Drop: MARCH 28, 2005
Last Day of Partial Refund for Withdrawal: APRIL 17, 2005
Last Day of Withdrawal: APRIL 24, 2005
End of Term: MAY 15, 2005
TENTATIVE – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
DATE TOPIC CHAPTER(S)
21 MAR. Meaning & Context of Criminal Procedure Chap. 1
23 MAR Constitutional Foundation of Crim. Procedure Chap. 2
28 MAR Fourth Amendment-Exclusionary Rule Chap. 3
30 MAR Essential Fourth Amendment Doctrines Chap. 4
04 APR Fourth Amendment- Arrest & Stop Chap. 5
06 APR Warrantless Searches Chap. 6
11 APR Mid- Term Review
13 APR MIDTERM EXAMINATION
18 APR The Right to Counsel Chap. 7
20 APR Interrogation (14th, 5th & 6th Amends.) Chap. 8
25 APR Identification (Lineups & Showups ) Chap. 9
27 APR Entrapment Chap. 10
02 MAY Pretrial Process Chap. 11
04 MAY The Trial Process Chap. 12
09 MAY Final Review
11 MAY FINAL EXAMINATION