4. Who should have access to the information gained from the license plate readers?
Federal, State, local or a combination of the three (including all three)? Should the
information be a matter of public record that is able to be accessed by anyone? Given
5. Do public safety concerns outweigh the privacy concerns created by these readers?
Will these readers likely decrease crime? Could these readers be used to defend the
nation against potential terrorists? Should profiles of suspicious individuals be buil
3. Should information gained from the license plate readers be able to be used in
criminal investigations and criminal prosecutions? Provide your legal reasoning for both
sides of the argument.
Information obtained from the cameras could be valuable in so
2. Should the information from the license plate readers be stored on a computer server
and if so for how long? Should a court order be required to release information from any
database of license plates picked up by the readers?
Currently there are no fe
1. Which Constitutional Amendments, if any, are implicated with this new technology?
Are there privacy implications with this new technology or are individual's movements in
public not covered by privacy rights? Give some examples.
There is no mention of
3. One of the criticisms of three-strike laws is that they abolish the use of discretionary
sentencing. That is, the terms and conditions of the sentence are mandatory. What are
the strengths and weaknesses of laws that eliminate discretionary sentencing?
2. Three-Strike laws have been around a long time. What is their intent? When the
lawmakers in Richmond, Virginia, established a three-strike law in Virginia, who were
they targeting? To what extent was the law designed to take people like Ms. Crawford
5. To what extent do state legislatures pass three-strike laws based on scientific
evidence that shows their efficacy? To what extent are they passed for political
reasons? Is there evidence that three-strike laws lower the crime rate? Can they
1. Assume you are Ollin Crawfords lawyer. Your job is to get her paroled quickly.
Provide a brief argument that claims that she stayed in prison longer than Sue Kennon
(who is white and affluent) because of racial and socioeconomic factors (Ms. Crawford
4. Newspaper accounts make a big deal of the fact that in robbing banks, Ms. Crawford
and Ms. Kennon did not use lethal weapons. Ms. Crawford stuffed a round object in a
sock and claimed it was a hand grenade, while Ms. Kennon used a toy gun. What