Criminal Justice-coas | Pleas, Trials and Sentences (3 CR)
P450 | 1493 | 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:	Readings for P450

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.

				Students will be required to keep a readings
journal and to write several short papers.  There will be a final

Class Meeting:	One 150-minute seminar each week (T, 2:30-5:00P, SY 003)
CJUS Major Authorization

Course Will Satisfy:	CJUS major 400-level requirement

Instructor:	Professor Mary Lee Luskin, Criminal Justice Department