Essay on Week Cja/354

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College of Criminal Justice and Security
CJA/354 Version 4
Criminal Law
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Course Description

This is an introductory course in the study of criminal law, general legal principles, and how the criminal law functions in and affects modern society. This course highlights a variety of key topics, including the concept of crime and the development of criminal law, defenses to criminal charges, and a number of specific types of crimes, including personal crimes, property crimes, public order crimes, and offenses against public morality. Legal issues affecting punishment will also be discussed, as will ways the criminal law impacts victims of crime.
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2.2 Compare justification and excuse.
2.3 Assess the legal aspects of competency to stand trial.
2.4 Investigate the determination of insanity in the criminal law.
Reading Read the Week Two Read Me First.
Reading Read Ch. 5 of Criminal Law Today.
Reading Read Ch. 6 of Criminal Law Today.
Reading Read cases involving insanity pleas in Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases in Criminal Justice. Find reference to these in the Case Index by Topic section.
Reading Read the “New Defenses” section in Ch. 9 of Contemporary Criminal Law.
Reading Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation Participate in class discussion. In class, May 13, 2013 4
Discussion Questions Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Learning Team Instructions
Learning Team Charter Submit the Learning Team Charter. By 6 p.m., May 13, 2013
Criminal Defense Case Analysis Locate two cases that discuss various types of criminal defenses.

Receive facilitator approval of each case.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word case analysis in which you identify and examine the types of criminal defenses that were used. Include the following:

• Explain the nature and types of defenses used in the cases and what evidence was used to demonstrate the defense.
• Describe how justification and excuse play a role in the cases.
• Describe the outcome of each case.

Format your case analysis consistent with APA guidelines. By 6 p.m., May 13, 2013 5

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