Week 09, Criminal Justice System

Assignments for Week 9:

I.  Read Chapter 9, “Court Structure and Personnel,” in your textbook. We will have Quiz #8 on this chapter this week. 

II.  Lecture, Chapter 10, Pretrial and Trial Procedures

III.  Critical Thinking Questions on Chapter 8 for Paper: 

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

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

3. Should a person be put in a lineup without the benefit of counsel? Why or why not?

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

3.  Critical Thinking Questions from Chapter 9 for paper:

1. What are the benefits and drawbacks of selecting judges through popular elections? Can a judge who considers herself or himself a Republican or a Democrat render fair and impartial justice?

2. What is the Missouri Plan? Do you consider it an ideal way to select judges?

3. Should prosecutors have absolute discretion over which cases to proceed on and which to drop? Do you believe prosecutors should have a great deal of discretion? Why?

4. Should potential clients have access to their attorneys track record in court? What is good or bad about this?

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