Criminal Justice-COAS | Pleas, Trials and Sentences
P450 | 1549 | Mary Lee Luskin


This seminar examines trials and pleas and their relation to one
another in the disposition of criminal cases.  We shall consider the
place of the trial in the adversary system and the role of the jury,
including its selection, performance, and impact.  We will then turn
our attention to plea negotiations -- the origins and rise of the
practice, its nature, and its consequences for individuals and
society.  We shall consider also the desirability and feasibility of
bench trials as alternatives to plea negotiations.  Comparisons to
practice in Continental and other legal systems will be made.
	
Readings:	
Abramson, We the Jury
Ulmer,  Social Worlds of Sentencing
Packet of Readings

Requirements:	Class sessions will include short lectures,
discussions, and in-class exercises.  Students will be given practice
in drawing implications from what they read, marshaling evidence, and
presenting arguments.  I expect students to attend class and to
participate in discussions.

Class Meeting:	One 150-minute seminar each week (R, 2:30-5:00P, SY
212)

CJUS Major Authorization

Course Will Satisfy:  CJUS major 400-level requirement

Instructor:  Professor Mary Lee Luskin, Criminal Justice Department