COURSE: 81-536 Criminal Procedure (3)|
This course focuses on the evolution of our criminal justice system through the lens of contemporary criminal procedure. Our initial introduction to criminal procedure will focus on the United States Constitution, with emphasis on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments. Case law governing criminal justice functions such as stops, interrogations, arrests, warrants, identification practices, the use of informants, and searches and seizures will further be explored. Current United States Supreme Court cases that have changed how law enforcement conducts stops, interrogations, arrests, warrants, identification practices, the use of informants, and searches and seizures will be briefed and discussed in class. This course will further explore the reasons behind significant United States Supreme Court rulings such as the exclusionary rule and Miranda Rights. In addition to discussing relevant Supreme Court and state court cases, this course will further review the basic criminal justice processes before, during, and after a trial and the appellate review process. Finally, this course will allow all interested students with the opportunity to analyze their own personal values concerning the rights of those accused of a crime.