What is the CSI effect and how might criminal defense attorneys try to use it to their advantage? Do juries have the same expectations of physical evidence for all crimes from homicide to petty theft?
For fun, go to http://forensics.rice.edu/en/For-Educators/Online-Activities.html and play the games. Let me know your thoughts on the experience.
According to the Fourth Amendment, the people have a right â€œto be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.â€ This right limits the power of the police to seize and search people, their property, and their homes.
One of the most controversial arguments surrounding the Fourth Amendment is whether or not the Fourth Amendment hinders police investigation, or forces the police to follow the Bill of Rights.
- Protects privacy of the citizens
- Property of citizens is secure from seizure
- Citizens safe from unfair or unwarranted arrest
- Hinders police activities and investigations
- Makes gathering of evidence more difficult
Write at least one paragraph supporting a pro side (forces the police to follow the Bill of Rights) or con side (hinders police investigation) on the 4th amendment. Respond to at least two students who take a opposite side of you in two or more sentences.
When discussing ethics and morals, a common topic of debate involves whether these concepts are relative (i.e., our ideas regarding right and wrong will vary significantly based upon our upbringing, culture, religious beliefs, etc.) or absolute (i.e., certain actions are absolutely right or wrong, regardless of our upbringing, culture, religious beliefs, etc.).
In your opinion, is all morality relative (i.e., simply an individual’s definition of right and wrong), or are certain moral concepts absolute? Should everyone have the right to decide which behaviors are acceptable or unacceptable?
Could variances in the manner in which criminal justice professionals view morals and ethics as either absolute or relative impact day-to-day decision making? Explain your answer.
Remember to cite your supportive resources.
- The first article on the Week 2 Learning Resources page is “Evaluating Multi-Agency Anti-Crime Partnerships: Theory, Design and Measurement Issues“.
Your entire group project is centered around this mindset as each of you represent one facet of “crime fighting” in the scenario about the VBBC. The police can’t do it alone, nor can the courts, nor the corrections world, etc. It does take a team effort to fight crime and as you might imagine. Collaboration does not work very effectively in many locales (politics, lack of effort, turf protection, etc.)
After reading this article provide your response to the following questions:
a. What is the most significant thing you have learned in your review of the article regarding collaborative team work in criminal justice?
b. Why is this significant learning important to your role in the group?
c. How do you plan to use what you’ve learned in your group collaboration to deal with the VBBC in the role you selected?
Answer each part of the Discussion Question thoroughly and substantively, citing sources for any assertions.
- Do you purport that there is a strong sense of validity in explaining juvenile delinquency and behaviors through development and neuroscience?
- Culpability has often been discussed in various circles pertaining to adolescence. What age, if any, do you gauge is a “good” age to state a juvenile is culpable for their actions, particularly delinquent/criminal?
- Do you agree that waivers helps decrease criminality among adolescents or does it increase?