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CRM/SOCL 412 Law & Society    T-TH 9:30 - 10:45 Strong 200

Required Readings

Paul Leighton and Jeffrey Reiman, Criminal Justice Ethics

I am building a companion website to Criminal Justice Ethics, which can be a helpful resource in clarifying parts of the reading and/or exploring topics that interest you. 

More information on Plagiarism and citing internet sources


Required Reading

Click here for the syllabus  |  Career & Job Info


Sept 5 Introduction & Greeting EXTRA CREDIT: 

The topic for the extra credit paper is how the rest of the world views the death penalty in the US. For example, European nations have abolished the death penalty and do not believe the US should still be executing people, let alone juveniles and mentally ill people. What do other countries say? What arguments, positions and data do they rely on in discussing our death penalty?

You may use library sources or the internet to do this short paper. If you'd like to use the internet, check out the links in the 'European View' box on the death penalty page of CJ Ethics or the International section of the Death Penalty Information Site. One of the many places to start in the library with books and journals is Grant, Stephanie. (1998). A Dialogue of the Deaf? New International Attitudes and the Death Penalty. Criminal Justice Ethics v 17 #2, p 19-32. [this is a journal called Criminal Justice Ethics, not the text for the class]

Sept  10  Intro Reiman more information about moral reasoning and moral systems from the CJ Ethics website

My website on Sept 11  | Do 9-11 victims count as homicides in 'crime' reports? Did homicide go up 3% - or 26%?

Sept 12 Part 1, Bazelon companion materials on the insanity defense; Criminal Justice Ethics page related to the social adversity defense
Sept  17 Part 1, Katz Material on mens rea and attempts (including impossible attempts)

The article I mentioned this morning in class is Corporate Scandals Tainting Donations 

Sept 19 Part 2, Feinberg; start drug debate Harm Principle, Paternalism & Legal Moralism

The article I mentioned this morning in class is Tyco Report Paints Picture Of Greed ($15,000 dog umbrella stand?); Business Today also did a report noting a $2,200 trash basket

Sept  24 Part 2, Drug Legalization Drug Legalization debate pages
PAPER 1 DUE: In a 3-4 page paper, define the Harm Principle, Paternalism and Moralism, providing examples where appropriate. Your paper MUST include a reference to the textbook and some information from at least one of the websites found through the link on the harm principle. (make sure to include full information, including the URL - address - of the website)
Sept  26 Part 2, Prostitution

Fallen Men: At 'John School,' Students Review a Lesson Picked Up on the Street

Oct 1 Part 2, Hate Crime
Oct 3 Part 2, Corporate Violence More on Tobacco and Corporate Violence
Oct 8 review & catch up PAPER 2 DUE: Read Etzioni's article from the Washington Post "Profit Without Honor 
When It Comes to Ethics, Business Schools Get an F"
. In a 1-2 page paper, review his statements about the status of ethics in business school, the problems with teaching it and his recommendations. 
Oct 10 test on Parts 1 & 2
Oct 15 Part 3, Kleinig; Appendix on Codes of Ethics More on Police Ethics ~ Read a copy of the Appendix that has working links and some additional info
Oct 17 Part 3, Deception and Influence - read Skolnick & Leo, Marx Miranda v Arizona abstract, opinion & audio of oral argument
Oct 22 Part 3, Deception and Influence - read Klockars, US v Tobias  
Oct 24 Part 3, Selective Enforcement Why Driving While Black Matters
Oct 29 Part 4, Lawyers’ Ethics More info on Legal Ethics and some lawyer jokes
Oct 31 Part 4, Amar & Cochran debate PAPER 3 DUE: Read the true story about the behavior of a lawyer, taken from a book called the moral compass of the American Lawyer. In a 2-3 page paper, summarize the facts and draw on Haskell to identify the specific rules that would justify such behavior. 
Nov 5 Part 4,  Kipnis & Review  
Nov 7 test on Parts 3 & 4
Nov 12 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - read Gorman  
Nov 14 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - read Newman PAPER 4 DUE: Read this short article on corporal punishment and in a 3 page paper, review the main arguments it makes. Please be sure to include the best arguments in favor of using corporal punishment and the best arguments against it.  

CLASS IS CANCELLED ON 11/14 (I'm at the criminology conference). PAPER IS STILL DUE - turn into my mailbox in 712 Pray Harrold by 5pm. 

The text for the first edition of Just and Painful is available online.

Nov 19 Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange Death Penalty links from Criminal Justice Ethics

A study by the Texas Defender Service concludes that capital defendants in the state have more than a 1 in 3 chance of being executed without benefit of competent appellate attorneys.

Nov 21 Part 6, Tribe  
Nov 26 Part 6, Strossen and Allen debate Decision on virtual child porn case
Ashcroft v Free Speech Coalition, concerned whether the government can prohibit computer generated images that look like child pornography but did not involve actual children engaged in sexual activities. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law as violating the 1st Amendment (it is still captioned as Reno v Free Speech but the Supreme Court case reflects the change in administration and Attorney General). Recommended background reading: Washington Post article on the Supreme Court hearing arguments in the case.

Brief filed by Clinton administration to the Supreme Court seeking certiorari (the formal petition for the Supreme Court to hear this case) to overturn the 9th Circuit opinion. The brief filed by the Bush administration to the Supreme Court outlining their position in the case. MSNBC had a good piece on 'child erotica' - nonnude but suggestive pictures of young teenage girls; there's also a link to the Knox case where a circuit court decides nudity is not a requirement for 'lewd and lascivious exhibition of the genitals' required for a child porn conviction. 

Nov 27- 30 Thanksgiving

Dec 3 Part 6, Reiman; Seagal When you board a plane in the next year, your pilot may be armed. Make a call from a pay phone at the ballpark, and it may be tapped. Pay for a sandwich with a credit card, and the transaction may wind up in an electronic file with your tax returns, travel history, and speeding tickets.  These are some of the ways that the biggest reorganization of the federal government in half a century could trickle down into the minutiae of the daily life of Americans. rest of story
Dec 5 Part 6, Leighton Televising executions
Dec 10 review & catch up  
Dec 17

Final Exam 9:00 – 10:30 (parts 5 & 6) 

remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left


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