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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Infinito, Vincent


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

F2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Infinito, Vincent

Title

Senior Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Degrees/Certificates

B.A,, St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Daytime Phone

(252) 638-4980

E-Mail

Vincent.Infinito@park.edu

infinetics@earthlink.net

Semester Dates

F2T 2010

Class Days

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Evidence, Sixth Edition, Hails, Judy; Thomson/Wadsworth (2005)
ISBN: 10: 0-495-09581-8

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Additional Resources:
 Kaplan & Waltz, Basic Materials on Criminal Evidence (1980); McCormick, Evidence 3rd ed.  (1984); Common Sense and the Fifth Amendment (1959), Berry, Arrest, Search and Seizure (1973); Silberman, Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice (1979); Southerland, Crime and Confession, (1965).

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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

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.


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:

Assignment Points
Homework  (50 points each, Weeks 1, 2 and 5) 150
Discussion Questions (25 points each, Weeks 1-7) 175
Special Course Project (175 points, Week 6)    175
Proctored Final Exam (200 points, Week 8) 200
Total Points 700

Grading:

Assignment Points
Homework  (50 points each, Weeks 1, 2 and 5) 150
Discussion Questions (25 points each, Weeks 1-7) 175
Special Course Project (175 points, Week 6)    175
Proctored Final Exam (200 points, Week 8) 200
Total Points 700

Grade Scale

A = 90% to 100% = 630 to 700 points
B = 80% to 89% = 560 to 629 points
C = 70% to 79% = 490 to 559 points
D = 60% to 69% = 420 to 489 points
F = below 60% = 419 points and below             

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All material, homework, projects, assignments, weekly postings etc., must be submitted on time. Occasionally there will be situations that require emergency treatment. Please communicate with your instructor as soon as you are aware of a problem. The instructor may give additional time at the sole discretion of the instructor. In any event, late materials or assignments will be subject to a reduction in the number of points for that assignment, again at the discretion of the instructor. If the instructor does not deem your situation to be an emergency, no late submission will be accepted, and the grade for that assignment will be a zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Readings:
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - The Court Process
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight
Homework 50 Sunday midnight

Week 2
Readings:
Chapter 3 - Types of Evidence
Chapter 4 - Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

  Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
  Sunday midnight

Homework

50 Sunday midnight

Week 3
Readings:
Chapter 5 - Witnesses
Chapter 6 - Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments, and Models
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight

Week 4
Readings:
Chapter 7 - Documentary Evidence
Chapter 8 - Hearsay and Its Exceptions
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight
Complete your Online Proctor Form    

Week 5
Readings:

Chapter 9 - Privileged Communications
Chapter 10 - Developing Law of Search and Seizure
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight
Homework 50 Sunday midnight
Your Online Proctor Form must be completed by week 5. This should be completed immediately if it has not already been done. There is a link for your proctor form below your login page. This link will be removed soon. Make sure you have finished this requirement.    

Week 6
Readings:

Chapter 11 - Field Interviews, Arrests, and Jail Searches
Chapter 12 - Plain View, Consent, and Administrative Warrents
Chapter 13 - Electronic Surveillance and Other Searches
Case: Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight
Course Project - submit under one coversheet to the Dropbox 175 Sunday midnight

Week 7
Readings:

Chapter 14 - Self-Incrimination
Chapter 15 - Identification Procedures
Chapter 16 - Preparing the Case for Court
Case: Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

  Thursday midnight
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
  Sunday midnight

Week 8

There are no readings, lectures or discussion questions in week 8. You must take the proctored final exam during this week.

The test will consist of ten, short essay questions. You can choose any five of these questions to answer. Essay questions will be worth 20 points each. (100 points for essays). There will also be 50 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. The multiple choice questions will be worth 100 points total. The entire examination is worth 200 points.

The examination will cover the entire course. It will be a timed, two hour test, closed book, no notes. You will not be permitted to use your own laptop or PC. If the proctor has a computer available for your use you are permitted to use it.

To review, pay close attention to the Lectures, Discussion Topics and Homework. Review the cases mentioned in the Lectures. Good luck and I hope you have enjoyed the past eight weeks and have learned a great deal.

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Plagiarism:
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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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".
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  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.
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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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