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CRM/SOCL 412 Law & Society : Winter 2004 

T 5:30 - 8:10 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

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.

NOTE: Grey shaded boxes like this indicate days where there is a class assignment

What Every American Should Know About Criminal Justice


Required Reading

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

Jan 6 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. 
Jan 13 Reiman, CJ Ethics (intro); Nash, Teaching Ethics; Part 1, Bazelon
Jan 20

Part 1, Katz; Part 2, Feinberg p 87-88 (skip section 4) & 92 (Mill) - 108

Class will cover substantial material not in the text

By now, nearly everyone has heard of Armin Meiwes. Meiwes, a German citizen, has freely admitted to dismembering another German man and eating his flesh. Indeed, Meiwes carefully preserved the killing on videotape and still had pieces of the body in his freezer when he was arrested. During much of the process of dismemberment, the victim reportedly remained conscious.

The obstacle to a murder charge is the fact that the evidence incontrovertibly shows that Meiwes's victim wanted to be eaten. Indeed, he had agreed to the arrangement over the Internet, answering an ad placed by Meiwes that specifically sought a person who wanted to be slaughtered and cannibalized.

In the U.S., the victim's consent is no defense to murder, and it would be easy to prosecute an American counterpart to Meiwes. But in Germany, the victim's consent renders the crime a "killing on request" -- that is, an instance of illegal euthanasia. Unfortunately, this offense is punishable by a very modest sentence of from six months to five years of incarceration. [Is it Always Torture to Dismember and Eat a Conscious Human Being?]

IN CLASS QUIZ #1: From the Katz reading, what are the facts of People v Dlugash and did the court find him guilty or acquit?
Jan 27  Part 2, Drug debate (Trebach and Inciardi); Prostitution (In re P; MacKinnon; Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights

NEWS: Santa Cruz Defies Bush Administration on Medical Marijuana: City Hall Courtyard Will Be Medical Marijuana Dispensary for Victims of DEA Raid

WAMM, a cooperative run by and for patients (most with terminal diagnoses), worked closely with local authorities, strictly followed California law and local guidelines, and never sold marijuana to anyone. Nevertheless, armed DEA agents swooped down on the co-op Sept. 5, pointed automatic weapons at paralyzed patients, tore up WAMM's garden, and carted off operators Valerie and Mike Corral in handcuffs.

PAPER 1 DUE: Reading - Fallen Men: At 'John School,' Students Review a Lesson Picked Up on the Street

Paper topic - In a 2 page paper, review the main points of the article and discuss which of the writings (In re P; MacKinnon; Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights) on prostitution in the book is best supported by the article. There is no ‘right’ answer here, and papers will be graded according to how well (and fairly) you summarize the article and the reading(s) in the book. Feel free to discuss how the article relates to more than one of the readings if you would prefer.

Feb 3 Part 2, Hate Crime (Wisc v Mitchell); Corporate Violence
IN CLASS QUIZ #2: Know the basic question in the case of Virginia v Black, whether the Court upheld or struck down the law, and at least two of the Court’s reasons [on the webpage, these are identified as (a) (b) and (c)]
Feb 10

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

Feb 17 Appendix on Codes of Ethics; Part 3, Kleinig;  Skolnick & Leo


March 2 Part 3, Marx; US v Tobias; Selective Enforcement
IN CLASS QUIZ #3: Examine Part III of Why Driving While Black Matters, where the author lists six specific reasons. Your quiz will be: "Write down three as well as their definition or explanation for why the author believes driving while black does matter.”
March 9 Part 4, Lawyers’ Ethics - Haskell; Amar & Cochran debate; Weinstein

Read the true story about the behavior of a lawyer, taken from a book called the moral compass of the American Lawyer. 

March 16

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

Review sheet  - link for bonus question - focus on pros and cons of whether Stewart should have taken the stand

March 23 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Gorman; Newman The text for the first edition of Just and Painful is available online.
IN CLASS QUIZ #4: 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.
March 30 Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange; American Medical Association
IN CLASS QUIZ #5: Be prepared to give a quick summary of the 101 reasons the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the death penalty
April 6 Part 6, Strossen and Allen debate; Reiman column in about the virtual child pornography 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. 

April 13 Part 6,  Seagal; Leighton Televising executions
: What was the case of Lappin v Entertainment Network?
April 20

Final Exam  - regular class time ~ Review Sheet

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

BONUS: Read EITHER of the following

What Gay Couples Lack -- Besides Marriage: The Crucial Rights Under Tort Law That Only Spouses Can Assert

Mayhem in Fallujah: What the Law Has to Say About the Gruesome Murders In Iraq, and What the U.S.'s Response to the Murders May Be (focus on first part where author discusses what the law has to say about murder, which ends with subheading 'What Rules Govern the U.S.'s Military Response?')

The bonus is worth a maximum of 5 points and you are more likely to get full credit by giving a clear and detailed review of one article than by a shallow and superficial discussion of both. This is a choice, and your time will be better spent preparing the required material rather than trying to prepare both bonus questions. 


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