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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just
Plumb, Greg


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Semester

SP 2013 HO

Faculty

Greg Plumb

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri at Columbia
J.D. from University of Missouri at Columbia

Office Location

Hawley Hall (HH) 302

Office Hours

Tue & Thu 8:00-8:30 a.m. and 10:00-12:30; Wed & Fri 11:00-12:00

Daytime Phone

816-584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 to May 10, 2013

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Prerequisites

Junior standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
No textbook is required for this course.  All readings will be U.S. Supreme Court case opinions, with some statutes and law review articles.  All readings will be available through links on the course website.

Additional Resources:
All resources will be provided on the course website.

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Course Description:
This advanced course is an in-depth study of the US Constitution as it applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Educational Philosophy:
Professor Plumb's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the analysis of legal issues in case studies.

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:

For CJ400, 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 3,750 words or fifteen computer-generated/typewritten double-spaced 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 use correct APA format in source citations in both the body of the paper and in the reference page. 

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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance in group work, performance on periodic written assignments, examinations, and a major paper.  See “Grading” below for greater specificity.

Grading:

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.

In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

  • Was the work completed?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:

  • Participation                    125
  • Written assignments       200
  • Final exam                       200
  • Major paper                     400
  • Group projects                  75
  • Total                             1,000

Point accumulation for grades:

  • 900 - 1000 points - A
  • 800 - 899 points   - B
  • 700 - 799 points   - C
  • 600 - 699 points   - D
  • 0 - 599 points       - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This is a senior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade. You should be prepared to be called on to answer questions each class.

4. Final Examination.  There will be a final examination in this course. It will be in the essay format. Further information about this examination will be provided in the website for this course.

5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course.  Further information about these written assignments will be provided in the website for this course.

6. Major Paper.  A major paper is required in this course.  See Core Assessment above for further information about this paper.

7. Group Projects.  There will be three group projects in this course.  Further information about these group projecgts will be provided in the website for this course.

8. All assignments MUST be submitted using Microsoft Word in the appropriate dropbox in the eCompanion site for this course.

9. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week  Date  Topic  Reading  Assignment 
 1 Mon Jan 14  Introduction  Course Syllabus  none 
   Wed Jan 16 First Encounter & Exclusionary Rule  see course website  none 
   Fri Jan 18  The Stop see course website   none
 2 Mon Jan 21  Martin Luther King Day  no classes  none 
   Wed Jan 23  Car Stop see course website   none
  Fri Jan 25   The Frisk  see course website  none 
 3  Mon Jan 28  Interviewing & Interrogation see course website  Written Assignment 1 (40) 
   Wed Jan 30 Arrest & Arrest Warrants   see course website   none
  Fri Feb 1  Plain View & Search Incident to Arrest   see course website  none 
 4  Mon Feb 4 Searches of Motor Vehicles   see course website   none
   Wed Feb 6  Searches of Houses  see course website   none
  Fri Feb 8   Other Searches see course website   Group Project 1 (25)
 5 Mon Feb 11   Seizures  see course website  Written Assignment 2 (40) 
  Wed Feb 13 Identification & Booking & Initial Appearance  see course website  none 
  Fri Feb 15 Preliminary Hearings & Grand Juries   see course website   none
 6  Mon Feb 18 Presidents Day   no classes none 
   Wed Feb 20  Arraignment see course website    Paper Topic (25)
   Fri Feb 22  Discovery  see course website  none 
 7  Mon Feb 25  Pre-Trial Motions see course website   Written Assignment 3 (40) 
  Wed Feb 27   Plea Bargaining see course website    none
   Fri Mar 1 The Trial: Jury Selection  see course website  none 
 8  Mon Mar 4  Opening Statements see course website   Paper Reading List (75) 
   Wed Mar 6 State's Case   see course website  none 
  Fri Mar 8   Defendant's Case  see course website  Group Project 2 (25) 
 x  Mar 11-15 Spring Recess   no classes none 
 9 Mon Mar 18   Jury Instructions  see course website   none
   Wed Mar 20 Closing Arguments  see course website   Paper Outline (50) 
   Fri Mar 22 Jury Deliberations  see course website    none
 10  Mon Mar 25 Jury Verdict   see course website  Written Assignment 4 (40) 
   Wed Mar 27  Motion for New Trial & Pre-Sentence Investigation see course website    none
   Fri Mar 29  Good Friday no classes  none 
 11 Mon Apr 1  Sentencing  see course website   none 
   Wed Apr 3 Probation Granting  see course website   none 
   Fri Apr 5  Probation Supervision see course website  none 
12   Mon Apr 8  Probation Revocation see course website   Paper Draft (125) 
   Wed Apr 10  Direct Appeal see course website    none
   Fri Apr 12  Certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court see course website   Group Project 3 (25) 
 13  Mon Apr 15  Habeas Corpus see course website   Written Assignment 5 (40)
   Wed Apr 17  Ineffective Assistance of Counsel  see course website  none 
  Fri Apr 19   Entering Prison see course website   none 
 14  Mon Apr 22  Serving Time in Prison  see course website   Paper Final (75)
   Wed Apr 24  Parole see course website   none 
   Fri Apr 26  Completion of Sentence, Probation, or Parole see course website   none 
 15  Mon Apr 29  Paper Presentations   (50) 
   Wed May 1  Paper Presentations    
   Fri May 3  Review    
16 Mon May 6 Final Examination 10:15-12:15 (200)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .

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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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