- Should those accused of violent acts be subjected to preventive detention instead of bail, even though they have not been convicted of a crime? Is it fair to the victim to have the alleged attacker running around loose?
- Should criminal defendants be allowed to bargain for a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea? Should the victim always be included in the plea bargaining process?
- What purpose does a grand jury or preliminary hearing serve in adjudicating felony offenses? Should one of these methods be abandoned, and if so, which one?
- Do criminal defendants enjoy too many rights a trial? Why or why not?
- Should people be denied the right to serve as jurors without explanation or cause? In other words, should the peremptory challenge be maintained?
- “In the adversary system of criminal justice, the burden of proof in a criminal trial to show that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is on the government.” Explain the meaning of this statement.
book to be use del Carmen, R. V. Criminal Procedure: Law and Practice, 9th Ed., Cengage
- What is the plain view doctrine? Discuss its three requirements.
- “If the three requirements for the plain view doctrine are not met, any evidence seized is not admissible in court.” Is this statement true or false? Explain your answer.
- What is inadvertence? Is it a plain view requirement? Give an example of inadvertence.
- What is curtilage? How is curtilage determined?
- What four constitutional rights are likely to be invoked by suspects during the pretrial identification stage? Briefly discuss how each applies to lineups, showups, and photographic displays.
- “A suspect is entitled to a lawyer during a police lineup.” Is this statement true or false? Explain your answer.
- “A suspect’s right to protection against self-incrimination is violated in a police lineup.” Is this statement true or false? Justify your answer.
- What can the police do if a suspect refuses to appear in a lineup?