Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense

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ASSIGNMENT 2: COURTS, PROSECUTION, AND THE DEFENSE

Due Week 7 and worth 200 points

The courts have one of the most important roles in the Criminal Justice system. They are responsible for the interpretation and application of law when crimes are committed and they help to bring resolve to disputes between people, companies and units of government.

In preparation for this assignment, please carefully review the case of Michael T. Slager below. Also, please review the court report samples below for reference in preparing a standard court report.

Based on your understanding from the readings in chapters 7-9, write a three to four (3-4) page court report in which you:

  1. Summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.
  2. Outline the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal) and the reason why that level was appropriate.
  3. Describe the key characters in the case and the roles they played.
  4. Explain the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Indicate whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.
  5. State whether any witnesses were called in the case. If so, identify the witness(es) and provide a rationale as to why they were called.
  6. Highlight the outcome of the case (verdict) and take a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.
  7. Include at least one (1) additional quality reference in addition to the case file presented.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Follow standard court report format, using the examples provided in your course shell for reference.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the development of American courts and illustrate the concept of the dual-court system.
  • Distinguish between the various courtroom participants, and describe the stages in a criminal trial.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in criminal justice.
  • Write clearly and concisely about criminal justice using proper writing mechanics and APA style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the court report, and language and writing skills, using this rubric.

Tutor Answer

JellyJ2017
School: Duke University

Attached.

Case law analysis – Michael T. Slager
A South Caroline police officer was charged with serious crime of shooting of unarmed black
man. The defendant entered a plea of guilty in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina. The
case was determined and decision after two years after the police officer fatally short and injures
one Walter Scott five times (Jaweed, 2016). According to the evidence that was tabled before the
judging in charge of the case, the defendant shot the victim after he ran away when he was
forced to pull over for broken car brake lights. The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges to the
federal charges of violation of Scott’s civil rights. However, due to lack of sufficient and
convincing evidence, the judge will drop two federal charges against the defendant. This is in
accordance to plea agreement the defendant entered with the court. The move will allow the
defendant, Slager, who at one time was a North Charleston officer at time of shooting, to
avoiding jury trials (Ja...

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Thanks, good work

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