Week 08, Criminal Justice System

Assignments for Week 8:

1. Read Chapter 8, “Police and the Rule of Law,” in your textbook. We will have Quiz #7 on this chapter and on last week’s lecture.  

2.  Lecture, Chapter 9, Court Structure and Personnel

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion: 

a. Can a search and seizure be reasonable if it is not authorized by a warrant? Explain.

b. Should illegally seized evidence be excluded from trial, even though it is conclusive proof of a person’s criminal acts?

c. What is a pretext traffic stop? Does it violate a citizen’s civil rights?

d. Should a person be put in a lineup without the benefit of counsel?

e. What is the purpose of the Miranda warning?

f. Should obviously guilty persons go free because police originally arrested them with less than probable cause?

g. Have criminals been given too many rights? Should courts be more concerned with the rights of the victims or the rights of offenders?

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