Of all the topics studied this semester, which did you enjoy most?
Explain why it was of interest to you.
I enjoyed week 12 evaluating criminal suspects the most because it explained
why criminals behave the way they do. I have always held a strong fas
1. Discuss the purposes of punishment. Which do you believe should be
the primary reason for criminal punishment?
According to page 355 of the text, the purposes of punishment are general deterrence, individual
deterrence, incapacitation, retribution, mor
1. Discuss the components necessary for a will to be valid.
For a will to be valid, there are several components such as being of legal age, being of sound
mind, the intent to make the document a final word, must generally be written because only a
1. Describe the weapon focus effect. Under what conditions is the weapon focus effect most
likely to occur?
According to pages 116-117 of the text, the weapon focus effect is an effect that happens when a
person is confronted with a weapon during a crime
Chapter 1 LAW:
Different Approaches to the Study of Law
Anthropological : understands the law by comparing laws across different cultures and societies. Are
also interested in why crime rates vary in different countries.
Sociological : Within a specific s
Explain why many lawyers tend to prefer mediation to arbitration or a trial.
Lawyers tend to prefer mediation over arbitration or trial because they are risk averse. Risk
averse means that lawyers avoid risk when it comes to the outcome of a trial or o
1) Discuss factors that can increase and decrease representativeness of jury panels.
There have been many laws and policies enacted over the years to increase jury
representativeness. For instance, rules prohibit forming a jury based on (or not on, for
3 Structure of Legal System
Why Two Court Systems?
The Judicial Branch has two court systems: federal and state. While each
hears certain types of cases, neither is completely independent of the other.
The two systems often interact and share the goal of
1) Discuss the changes in crime rates in recent years.
Overall, crime rates have decreased in the recent years. According to the text, crime rates are
dropping but they are still considered to be high (p. 55). This is actually one reason why people are
1. What are some of the criticisms of criminal and civil trials? What are some of the
positive things that have been said about juries?
Overall, juries have critics as well as endorsers. One person stated that juries are: 12 people of
average ignorance an
1) Discuss the Supreme Court case Eddings v. Oklahoma (1982). Why is it significant?
The Supreme Court case of Eddings v. Oklahoma (1982) was about a juvenile being indicted for
murder. This course case is very important because it includes the concept of
1) Discuss possible stressors encountered by those who work in this field.
According to the text on page 101, there are three categories and many different stressors that are
encountered by law enforcement officials. The first category is physical and psy
1.Provide details regarding the case of Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. (1993). Why is this case
Teresa Harris alleged that her boss, Charles Hardy, made degrading, sexually inappropriate, and
harassing comments to her between the years 1985