CJ313 The Law of Evidence

for S2D 2013

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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence


S2D 2013 DA


Gary, James R.


Adjunct Faculty


MAIS Candidate Western New Mexico University
MA in Counseling, Chapman University, Orange, CA 1987
BS in Social Science, Troy University, Troy, Al, 1981

Office Location

355 MSS/DPE 5260 Granite Street Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707-3009

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

18 March-12 May 2013

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours



Criminal Evidence (7th ed.)
Judy Halls (2012)
Wadsworth.  ISBN- 13: 978-1-111-83787-7

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is to facilitate an interactive learning environment based on readings, videos, lectures, assignments, examinations, and research.  All students are encouraged to bring real world experiences to class for discussion and application of topics covered.  This course in an introduction to the court system and the adjudication process. Constitutional issues that are essential to the collection of admissible evidence will be explored. 

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:

Attendance and Participation-  10 points total:  The awarding of participation points is purely disctretionary on the part of the instructor.  Therefore, please read the assigned chapters, come to class and be prepared to discuss those chapters.  Additionally, please submit all written assignments on the due dates.  Coming late, leaving early and returning from breaks late will result in lost points.  Absences, excused or unexcused, will result in the loss of a point. 
Exams-  100 points total:  There will be four 25 question multiple choice exams covering four chapters of text every other week.
Weekly Caselaw-  40 points total: A key case or constitutional amendment will be covered as assigned once per week for the term.  These assigments will consist of 250 words minimum outlining the case and its significance.  Cite at least one source, APA style, from an online law library.  You will present your results to the class. 
Term Paper and Presentation-  50 points total:  You will write a 6 page minimum term paper, APA style on an approved topic germane to course.  Please use at least 8 sources and use the learning rubric as your guide in preparing your paper.You will give a presentation on your paper the last day of class and submit the paper to the instructor.


 Summary of Points Avalialable for this Course:
10 points for participation= 10 points
4 Exams @ 25 points each= 100 points
8 Cases @ 5 points each= 40 points
Paper and Presentaion @ 50 points= 50 points
Total Available= 200 points
Grading Scale:
180-200= A (90-100%)
160-179= B (80-89%)
140-159= C (70-79%)
120-139= D (60-69%)
0-119= F (below 60 %)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course materials will not be accepted without the prior approval from the instructor with the exception of documented emergencies fully discussed with the instructor.  A minimum 10% grade deduction will apply to late work approved by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

An effective classroom environment requires an atmosphere of mutual respect free from personal attacks and any form of harrassment.  Students creating disturbances that interfere with the conduct of the course or the learning of others will be asked to leave the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE                TOPIC                                                            ASSIGNMENT
Week 1
Mar 19               Course Introduction                                            Introductions, Syllabus review
                           Introduction                                                        Review Chapter 1
Mar 21               The Role of the Courts                                        Review Chapter 2
                          Weekly Caselaw                                                 Prepare assigned case
Week 2
Mar 26                 The Adjudication Process                                 Review Chapter 3
                             Weekly Caselaw                                              Prepare assigned case
Mar 28                 Types of Evidence                                            Review Chapter 4
                             Exam 1                                                            Review for Exam (1-4)
Week 3                  
April 2                   Direct & Circumstantial Evidence                      Review Chapter 5
April 4                   Witnesses                                                         Review Chapter 6
                             Weekly Caselaw                                               Prepare assigned case
Week 4                 
April 9                  Crime Scene Evidence and Experiments             Review Chapter 7      
                            Weekly Caselaw                                                Prepare assigned case
April 11                Documentary Evidence, Maps, Models &          Review Chapter 8
                            Exam 2                                                               Review for Exam (5-8) 
Week 5                
April 16                Hearsay & Its Exceptions                                   Review Chapter 9
April 18                Priveleged Communications                                Review Chapter 10
                            Weekly Caselaw                                                Prepare assigned case
Week 6                
April 23               Developing Law of Search & Seizure                  Review Chapter 11
                           Weekly Caselaw                                                 Prepare assigned case
April 25               Field Interviews, Arrests & Jail Searches             Review Chapter 12
                           Exam 3                                                               Review for Exam (9-12)
Week 7               
April 30              Plain View, Consent, Vehicle & Admin. Searches/ Review Chapter 13
May 2                 USA Patriot Act, Foreign Intel, etc.                       Review Chapter 14
                           Weekly Caselaw                                                   Prepare assigned case
Week 8               
May 7                  Self Incrimination                                                  Review Chapter 15
                            Identification Procedures                                      Review Chapter 16
May 9                  Weekly Caselaw                                                  Prepare assigned case
                            Exam 4                                                                Review for Exam 4 (13-16)
                            Student Presentations                                           Present Term Paper

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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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