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LSJ 375Monday, January 9, 2017Lecture Notes-Participate three times before end of course, at least once before first exam.Defining Crime and its Moral Standing:What is a crime? What defines crime? Who decides?“Drugs is a ‘victimless crime,’” If not a criminal activity, what would it be considered?Defining Crime--Who decides what actions constitute crimes?oSociety relatively decides what is a crime by voting people into office, petitioningfor laws, etc.oPeople who want to save face to the public/be re-elected emphasize certain laws more than others.oState Legislatures oGovernorGovernor Inslee is taking a position on “capital punishment”i.e. aggravated first degree murder, while he is governor no one will be killed on death row.oCongressoPresidentoCourtsoMediaMakes people feel a certain way about certain things to establish them as being either formally or informally not-okay (illegal v. non-popular opinion).