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Max Points: 5.0
Research and read the Supreme Court case Santobello v. New York, 404 U.S. 257, 261 (1971). Analyze why, even though the Supreme Court had ruled that plea bargaining was an essential and desirable part of the criminal justice system, the Attorney General of Alaska, Avrum Gross, ordered an end to all plea bargaining in 1975. Do you agree with the Attorney General’s decision? Explain your position.
Discuss the ethical and legal implications involved in the plea bargain offered to Paul Hayes, who was offered a 5-year sentence for a guilty plea for attempting to pass a bad check, in exchange for not going to trial under Kentucky’s three-strikes law.
Discuss the Taylor v. Louisiana Supreme Court case. How did it change the Sixth Amendment requirement of an impartial jury? Or did it? Discuss the constitutional requirement that a defendant be tried by an impartial jury of his peers. What exactly does the term impartial mean?
Are you in favor of or against having a cross-sectional representative jury pool? Why? Support your position.
Discuss the legal ethics involved in the implementations of three-strikes laws, which give offenders a life sentence upon conviction of a third felony. Specifically, discuss the case of Leandro Andrade, who was given 50 years with no possibility of parole for shoplifting children’s videotapes. Do you agree or disagree with the court? Why or why not?
In general, are you in favor of or against mandatory minimum sentences? Why? Support your position.
Max Points: 5.0
The textbook readings for this module argue both sides of the assertion that supermax prisons are infringing on the constitutional rights of prisoners. Which side do you agree with? Explain why. Also, find at least one...