CJA 224 Introduction to Criminal Court Systems

1.  Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper inwhich you examine and evaluate the American criminal court system. Address thefollowing in your paper:- Describe a court and its purpose.- Define the dual court system.- Describe the role that early legal codes, the common law, and precedent played in the development of courts.- Identify the role of courts in criminal justice today.2.  Write a 1,000-word paper in which you evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining. Address the following in your paper: -Define plea-bargaining. -Distinguish between charge bargaining and sentence bargaining.-Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining (cont.).- Describe how plea bargaining reflects or thwarts the crime control and due process models ofcriminal justice.3.  Researchthe Internet and find a celebrated criminal prosecution case to analyze,such as a criminal case that received media attention. This case must haveproceeded to trial; it cannot have been plea bargained or dismissed before theTrial phase.Write a1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you address the following questions:Summarize the criminal procedures that occurredin this case, from arrest through appeal, if applicable. What was the crime thedefendant was alleged to have committed? What are the elements of that crime?Is there sufficient evidence to believe the defendant guilty of this crimebeyond a reasonable doubt? Explain. Identify the legal defensesused in this case. Explain what the defense entails and if it is viable. Based on the evidence, should,or did, the defense apply to either exonerate the defendant or reduce hissentence?

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