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CRM/SOCL 412 Law & Society : Winter 2007 

T 5:30 - 8:10   325 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) 0385493681.

Nate Blakeslee. Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. (Public Affairs) 1586484540.


Required Reading

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

Jan 9 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 16 Reiman, CJ Ethics (intro); Nash, Teaching Ethics; Part 1, Bazelon
Jan 23

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 Commonwealth v Dunaway? On which charge(s) did the appeals court find him guilty? Why?
Jan 30  Part 2, Drug debate (Trebach and Inciardi); Prostitution (In re P; MacKinnon; Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights
PAPER 1 DUE: Read the COPS bulletin on Street Prostitution (.pdf). Review the material up to the Appendix and summarize the key points in a 2-3 page double-spaced paper.     
Feb 7 Part 2, Hate Crime (Wisc v Mitchell); Corporate Violence
IN CLASS QUIZ #2: Read the blog posting about Bernard Ebbers’ sentencing. Your quiz will be: (1) what did Ebbers do and what was his sentence? (2) & (3) – what are two bulleted objections and what is the response to them?
Feb 14

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

  Link for bonus question on Williams v Alabama is here

Feb 20 Appendix on Codes of Ethics; Part 3, Kleinig;  Skolnick & Leo
IN CLASS QUIZ #3: Read about Brewer v Williams ('Christian Burial' case). The quiz will ask about (a) the facts, (b) the reasoning of the majority and (c) the reasoning of the dissent. 


March 6 Part 3, Marx; US v Tobias; Selective Enforcement
IN CLASS QUIZ #4: 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 13 Part 4, Lawyers’ Ethics - Haskell; Amar & Cochran debate; Weinstein
March 20

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

Link for bonus question on Morse v Frederick

March 27 Part 5, Treatment of Inmates - Gorman; Newman The text for the first edition of Just and Painful is available online.
IN CLASS QUIZ #5: 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.
April 3 Part 5: National Council of Churches on death penalty; Nathanson, Reiman, van den Haag exchange; American Medical Association
IN CLASS QUIZ #6: Read this statement by the president of the ASA. Be prepared to answer the following questions: (1) in this context, who is the ASA, (2) which of the following actions is ethical for them to perform - selecting injection sites; starting intravenous lines as a port for a lethal injection device; prescribing, preparing, administering, or supervising injection drugs or their doses or types; inspecting, testing, or maintaining lethal injection devices; and consulting with or supervising lethal injection personnel, and (3) does the ASA President feel that having the execution chamber be more like an operating room is good or bad? Why?
April 10 Part 6, Strossen and Allen debate; Reiman

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. 

IN CLASS QUIZ #7: Read column in 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 why the law prohibiting 'real' child porn doesn’t also apply to 'virtual' child porn? And (3) the reasoning in the majority
April 17 Part 6,  Seagal; Leighton Televising executions ~ Televising McVeigh's execution was dealt with in Lappin v Entertainment Network. My research on televising McVeigh's execution - description of the work and 25 minute mp3 file
April 24

Final Exam  - regular class time 

Bonus: read this link about an emerging legal issue. What is the general issue and what are some of the specific questions the author raises? [The bonus question is only based on the link above, but if you enjoyed the article, the author has a blog you may enjoy - but that is not relevant for the bonus question]

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. (You can also watch it on YouTube if you'd prefer)

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.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

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