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In a minimum of 200 250 words post your discussion for the topic assigned by last
name (see below). Substantively respond to at least two of your classmates postings.
At least one of your responses to your classmates must be to a topic different from your
a. (If your last name begins with A-I, answer this question.) Why is it important to
criminal law that the United States has a federal system of government?
The federal system of government is important to criminal law. It plays a crucial but intricate
part in the United States. Ultimately, both systems aid in safeguarding public rights. As society
grows, criminal law must grow in parallel and that is where the federal system of government
comes in. When public order is disrupted in the form of murders, assaults, rapes and other
crimes, criminal law is there. It protects private rights with concerns of physical safety of
citizens and their property.
The federal government and criminal law systems are similar in the United States. Criminal
cases can be prosecuted by a representative of the state or federal government. But the federal
government is on a larger scale. The textbook gave two example that help demonstrate the
different scales. Both are rape cases. The first is a prosecution by a district attorney and labeled
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. John Doe. The second, a federal case brought by a U.S.
attorney and labeled United States v. Jane Doe (8). It is necessary to have a clear distinction
between the two.
The federal system of government was vital when moods of transportation and
communication advanced and caused problems on interstates. The state and local law
enforcement agencies ran into mass numbers of Interstate flight problems. As a result the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was established (16). The FBI plays an important part
through enumerated powers today as a result (13).
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