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Viewing: SOC 6257 : Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists

Last approved: Thu, 12 May 2016 09:15:59 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 09 May 2016 15:48:48 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology (SOC)
Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
Criminal Law
Fall 2016
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FORS 6224 - Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists


Ken Melson, Morris Parker
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FORS 6224 - Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
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An overview of criminal law offenses and procedures, evidence recovery, admissibility of scientific evidence, and expert testimony. Emphasis on the interaction between the criminal process and forensic science. Instruction includes a moot court exercise.
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand the structure of the court systems in both state and federal jurisdictions. 2. Understand the flow of a criminal case from arrest to post-conviction adjudications. 3. Ascertain the proper court for the type of crime committed. 4. Distinguish the levels of crime and accompanying sentencing ranges. 5. Understand and identify the elements of and required proof for property crimes. 6. Understand and identify the elements of and required proof for crimes against the person. 7. Explain the different inchoate crimes and their relationships to completed crimes. 8. Distinguish between the roles and impacts of various defenses to criminal conduct. 9. Appreciate the importance and scope of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. 10. Determine the necessity of search warrants, their required elements and parameters. 11. Understand the nature of motions to suppress the fruits of a search warrant and the consequences of suppression. 12. Identify the exceptions to the search warrant requirement and the judicial rationale behind them. 13. Understand the Miranda warnings, testimonial privileges, testimonial immunity, and the foundational nature of the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, 14. Recognize the concepts related to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the right to confront witnesses in a criminal case, including the testimonial nature of laboratory reports. 15. Apply the rules of evidence, including hearsay exception, to their own testimony in court. 16. Understand the intersection of law and science in the courtroom. 17. Prepare for admissibility hearings consistent with Supreme Court rulings. 18. Prepare for the pre-trial process when they are subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case. 19. Apply the art of expert testimony in their future cases. 20. Draw on relevant experience from a moot court exercise testing the students' ability to respond professionally as a witness on direct and cross-examination while remaining true to the rules of evidence.
This is the same as FORS 6224, taught by Forensics instructors (which combines and replaces FORS 6221 & 6223.)
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CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral

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