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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Infinito, Vincent


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Course

CJ 105 Criminal Law

Semester

S1M 2008 CH

Faculty

Infinito, Vincent

Title

Adjunct Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., St.Francis College
J.D., Georgetown University

Office Location

Training Building, MCAS, Cherry Point

Office Hours

1530 - 1645, Mon & Wed

Daytime Phone

252-638-4980

E-Mail

Vincent.Infinito@park.edu

infinetics@earthlink.net

Semester Dates

14 JAN - 07 MARCH, 2008

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Law,9th Ed., Samaha, Thomson/Wadsworth Pub.Co.  2007,
                                                                                                                                                 

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Additional Resources:
  Kaplan & Waltz, Basic Materials on Criminal Evidence (1980); 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:
This course is a survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive Criminal law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
  3. Employ improved ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information in both written and oral forms


Core Assessment:

For this class you will be expected to write three essays - each comparing a modern state statute with corresponding historical common law for that crime. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course. 

The purpose in writing these essays is to examine the historical development of criminal law from common law principles to current state statutes, the relationship between criminal justice and the law, and the social policy implications of criminal law development. 

To complete each of the three essays, you should: 

  1. Select a state and its statute making an act a crime (e.g. stealing).
  2. Research the historical common law for that crime.
  3. Based on your research, compare the current criminal statute with the historical common law to see how the elements of the crime have evolved.
  4. Write a short essay, 1,250 words or five typewritten or computer-generated pages, describing the elements of the current state statute, the elements of the historical common law, and comparing the elements and how they have changed. Discuss possible reasons for the changes in the elements, how the interaction of criminal justice agencies and the law may have contributed to these changes, and suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today. 

Each of your three essays must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Description of the elements of the crime under historical common law
  4. Description of the elements of the current state statute for that crime
  5. Compare how the elements of the crime have changed from the historical common law to the current state statute
  6. Discuss possible reasons for the changes
  7. Suggest new changes in the statute, based on society’s needs today
  8. Reference page, using APA style 

You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in criminal law. You must write using APA format for all source citations in both the body of the essay and in the reference page.

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Class Assessment:

Examinations (2)
Essays (3)
Class Participation

Grading:

Examination  (2)   @ 200 points  =    400 points
Essays (3) @ 67 points               =    200 points
Class Participation                      =      60 points
                              Total            =     660 points

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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

JAN 14             Nature & Limits of Criminal Law           Chap 1

                        Constitutional Limits                              Chap 2              pps 1 – 53

 

JAN 16             General Principles/Actus Reus               Chap 3              pps 54 - 85

                       

JAN 21             General Principles/Mens Rea                 Chap 4              pps 86 - 112  
                                       Essay Topics Due                                       

JAN 23              Parties to Crime & Vicarious Liability     Chap 5              pps 114 – 144

 

JAN 28               Inchoate Crimes                                    Chap 6              pps 145 – 189

 

JAN 30               Defenses/Justifications                          Chap 7              pps 190 – 237

 

FEB 4             Review

                         Essay #1 Due

FEB 6             MIDTERM EXAMINATION

 

FEB 11             Defenses/ Excuses                                Chap 8              pps 238 - 279

 

FEB 13             Crimes v. Persons/Homicide                  Chap 9              pps 281 – 316

 

FEB 18             Crimes v. Persons/ II                             Chap 10            pps 333 – 372
                           Essay #2 Due

 

FEB 20             Crimes v. Property                                Chap 11            pps 373 – 423

 

FEB 25               Crimes v. Public Order, Morals              Chap 12            pps 424 - 461

 

FEB 27               Crimes v. The State                               Chap 13            pps 462 -498

 

MAR 3             Review

 

MAR 5             FINAL EXAMINATION
                           Essay #3 Due

 

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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
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 common law and statutes into a consistent whole Combines common law and statutes 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 from all sources (the text, statute, and common law source Analyzes key elements from the text and statute Analyzes key elements from only the text 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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