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CRM/SOCL 412 Law & Society : Fall 2005  

T - Th 12:30 - 1:45   416 Pray Harrold

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

Student Conduct Code

Recommended Reading 

Henry & Hinkle, Careers in Criminal Justice (Sheffield) 1879215438

Tobocman, You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive (Soft Skull) 1887125352

Murakimi. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche. (Vintage)  0375725806.

Randall Kennedy, Nigger (Pantheon Books) 0375421726

Jack Olsen. Last Man Standing: Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt. Anchor (2001) 0385493681.

Recommended Links (not necessary for class, but recommended as relevant to current issues)

PEAK OIL? Oil and gas prices increased greatly over the last year even before the effect of Katrina. Some believe the price will never drop substantially again because we're entering the time of peak oil - where demand is higher than our ability to produce oil and discover new oil to replace the diminishing supply. See the Peak Oil Primer (from EnergyBulletin, which has daily reviews of relevant headlines). Many articles mention Simmons, a Harvard MBA and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, who researched the state of Saudi oil fields and has been interviewed about his book, Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. (The previous link s a good overview, check out Simmons' site for more speeches.) See also TheOilDrum and OilCast for more extensive and in depth coverage. 



Required Reading

Click here for syllabus (adobe.pdf) | Career & Job Info

Sept 8 Introduction & Greeting I would recommend bookmarking this page for further reference. You may need to hit the Reload/Refresh button to get the latest version. 
Sept 13 Reiman, CJ Ethics (intro); Nash, Teaching Ethics If Reiman’s chapter introducing the moral theories is complex, please use the links on the class webpage to explore the companion information on the internet. Each theory has a summary and additional links to explain key concepts.
Sept 15 Part 1, Bazelon
Sept 20 Part 1, Katz

IN CLASS QUIZ #1: The Katz reading in the textbook on impossible attempts discusses a number of cases. One case is Commonwealth v Dunnaway. What are the facts of this case, the problem with the attempted incest charge, and the final decision of the court (did attempted rape or attempted incest better fit the facts)? 

Sept 22

Part 2, Feinberg p 87-88 (skip section 4) & 92 (Mill) - 108

Class will cover substantial material not in the text

Sept 27 Part 2, Drug debate (Trebach and Inciardi)

PAPER 1 DUE: For this paper, you will need to read two Washington Post stories that you will (free registration to the site is required). Both of these articles deal with differences between the U.S. and Canada on a variety of issues involving paternalism and legal moralism. The first is "Whoa! Canada!" and the second is "A Tolerance for IV Drug Users".

In a 2-3 page paper, define what legal moralism is, identify the issues raised in the articles that relate to moralism, and discuss how Canada is different from the U.S. on these issues. Do the same for paternalism. Make sure to structure your paper in terms of moralism and paternalism; do not simply summarize one article, then the next. I realize people have strong reactions to some of these issues, but the paper is to make sure you understand the newspaper articles and place them in the framework of concepts provided by the book. The paper should not be full of your personal feelings about Canadian policy (our class discussion will give you a chance to discuss your reactions).

Sept 29 Part 2, Prostitution (In re P; MacKinnon; Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights)
Oct 4 Part 2, Hate Crime (Wisc v Mitchell)

IN CLASS QUIZ #2: Read the column about the KKK and the NYPD. The quiz will ask you (1) what was at issue here, (2) what were the grounds for the court's decision, and (3) why does the author of the column critique the court? As with quiz 1, answers do not need to be long, but should try to be specific about the issue, ground and critique. 

Oct 6 Part 2, Corporate Violence (Reiman, AMA)
Oct 11 Review & catch up
  • Review Sheet
  • BONUS LINK:  What was the issue in VA v Black, and what did the court decide (was law upheld, and why/why not)?
Oct 13

TEST 1 remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left

Oct 18 Appendix on Codes of Ethics; Part 3, Kleinig;  
Oct 20 Part 3, Skolnick & Leo; Brewer v Williams (on web)
Oct 25 Part 3, Marx; US v Tobias;
Oct 27 Part 3, Selective Enforcement (Kleinig, Reiman) IN CLASS QUIZ #3: Read Part III of Why Driving While Black Matters, where the author lists six specific reasons. The quiz will ask you to review of THREE of these reasons as well as their definition or explanation. Please know not just the key words ('Distortion of the social world') but also what this phrase means). This material will also be on the test. 
Nov 1 Part 4, Lawyers’ Ethics - Haskell
Nov 3 Part 4, Amar & Cochran debate Defendants' Rights
Nov 8 Part 4, Weinstein, Kipnis
Nov 10 Review & catch up
Nov 15

TEST 2 remember to be on time because no one will be admitted to take the final after the first person has left

Nov 17 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Gorman



Nov 22 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Newman

IN CLASS QUIZ #4 (Moved to Nov 29): spanking machines. The quiz will ask about spanking machines: (1) what some people see as the problem with whipping and (2) how the spanking machine could promote the administration of justice.

Thanksgiving [No classes, but University open Wed; Classes resume Monday]

Nov 29 Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange; American Medical Association
Dec 1 finish death penalty material
Dec 6 Part 6, Strossen and Allen debate

PAPER #2 Due: Read the materials on the class webpage about the virtual child pornography case. The quiz will ask you about (1) what is 'virtual child porn', (2) what is the significance of the Ferber case, and (3) why doesn't the law prohibiting 'real' child porn also apply to 'virtual' child porn? (4) why is the reasoning in the majority and dissent about whether virtual child porn should be illegal? (last question should be a large portion of the paper)

Dec 8 Part 6, Reiman
Dec 13 Part 6,  Seagal; Leighton
Dec 15

Final Exam  - 11:30 - 1  

Bonus: Rumsfeld v. FAIR (Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights)

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


If you're graduating, congratulations. Whether or not you are graduating, check out the commencement address given by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple. He discusses dropping out of college (he never graduated), getting fired from Apple (a company he helped start) and dealing with cancer. 

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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