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Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense

Due Week 7 and worth 200 points

The courts have one of the most important roles in the Criminal Justice system. They are responsible for the interpretation and application of law when crimes are committed and they help to bring resolve to disputes between people, companies and units of government.

In preparation for this assignment, please carefully review the case of Michael T. Slager below. Also, please review the court report samples below for reference in preparing a standard court report.

Based on your understanding from the readings in chapters 7-9, write a three to four (3-4) page court report in which you:

  1. Summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.
  2. Outline the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal) and the reason why that level was appropriate.
  3. Describe the key characters in the case and the roles they played.
  4. Explain the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Indicate whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.
  5. State whether any witnesses were called in the case. If so, identify the witness(es) and provide a rationale as to why they were called.
  6. Highlight the outcome of the case (verdict) and take a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.
  7. Include at least one (1) additional quality reference in addition to the case file presented.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Follow standard court report format, using the examples provided in your course shell for reference.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the development of American courts and illustrate the concept of the dual-court system.
  • Distinguish between the various courtroom participants, and describe the stages in a criminal trial.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in criminal justice.
  • Write clearly and concisely about criminal justice using proper writing mechanics and APA style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the court report, and language and writing skills, using this rubric.

Points: 200

Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely summarized the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

Insufficiently . summarized the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

Partially . summarized the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

Satisfactorily summarized the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

Thoroughly . summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.

2. Outline the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal) and the reason why that level was appropriate.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Did not submit or incompletely outlined the reason why that level was appropriate.

Insufficiently outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Insufficiently outlined the reason why that level was appropriate.

Partially outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Partially outlined the reason why that level was appropriate.

Satisfactorily outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Satisfactorily outlined the reason why that level was appropriate.

Thoroughly outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Thoroughly outlined the reason why that level was appropriate.

3. Describe the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

Insufficiently described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

Partially described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

Satisfactorily described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

Thoroughly described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.

4. Explain the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Indicate whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Did not submit or incompletely indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

Insufficiently explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Insufficiently indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

Partially explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Partially indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

Satisfactorily explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Satisfactorily indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

Thoroughly explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Thoroughly indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.

5. State whether any witnesses were called in the case. If so, identify the witness(es) and provide a rationale as to why they were called.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely stated whether any witnesses were called in the case. Did not submit or incompletely identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.

Insufficiently stated whether any witnesses were called in the case. Insufficiently identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.

Partially stated whether any witnesses were called in the case, if so, who and why were they called. Partially identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.

Satisfactorily stated whether any witnesses were called in the case, if so, who and why were they called. Satisfactorily identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.

Thoroughly stated whether any witnesses were called in the case, if so, who and why were they called. Thoroughly identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.

6. Highlight the outcome of the case (verdict) and take a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely . highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Did not submit or incompletely took a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

Insufficiently highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Insufficiently took a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

Partially highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Partially took a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

Satisfactorily highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Satisfactorily took a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

Thoroughly highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Thoroughly took a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.

7. Include at least one (1) additional quality reference in addition to the case file presented.

Weight: 5%

No references provided (did not use the case file.)

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and use of correct court report format.

Weight: 5%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

 
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