Are prosecutors misleading the public when they claim a 90% conviction rate???

Learning Goal: I’m working on a criminal justice project and need support to help me learn.

  • Choose your argument:
  1. Prosecutors are abusing the use of plea bargains to bypass the Sixth Amendment’s right to confront witnesses, while inflating their conviction rates.
  2. Prosecutors are not abusing the use of plea bargains or violating the Sixth Amendment as a means of increasing their conviction rates.
  • Support your position by (1) referencing scholarly sources (LexisNexis law review articles or academic scholarly articles from LIRN) and (2) referencing one current news event (less than five years old).
  • Draft a response that adheres to this four-paragraph essay format:
  1. Introduction (brief introduction of your argument and support).
  2. Summary of scholarly articles and how its findings support your argument.
  3. Summary of current news event (less than three years old) and a thorough analysis on how it supports the arguments drafted in the previous paragraph.
  4. Conclusion (summarize findings to support argument).

GUIDELINES:

  • Properly formatted citations are required through-out the essay.
  • This essay must flow coherently, connecting the “dots” coherently and logically. Transitions between paragraphs are crucial in maintaining that flow.
  • Draft your response in a doc file, preferably Google Docs to ensure that it does not get lost. Submit the doc file as an attachment.
  • Review the materials used from sources. Did you copy the content? Is it paraphrased? Basically, this entire essay must come from sources. None of it can possibly come from your personal, first-hand, empirical study. Therefore, each paragraph will require several citations.
  • Legal studies students follow Bluebook Practitioner Rules (fully embedded citations). All other students follow APA rules (embedded in-text cites linked to an alphabetical “references” list of all sources). Refer to the CITATION files in the Student Success Folder.
  • Formatting: Double-space. One-inch margins: top, bottom, left, and right. Font: Times New Roman, black, size 12.
  • Proofread before final submission. Refer to WRITING files in the Student Success Folder.

GRADING CRITERIA:

  • Content (40%): Response must be thorough and original; the analysis must come from the sources researched in Week Three. If sources cited are not from the FNU Library or LexisNexis, or if no sources are provided at all, there will be a 20-point deduction from the “Content” grade.
  • Sources (30%): All sources used must be primary authority or secondary scholarly from the FNU Library or LexisNexis. Sources obtained from any other search engine are unacceptable and will result in zero-points for the “Sources” grade.
  • Citations (20%): All citations must be properly formatted to meet APA, Bluebook Practitioner Rules, or Bluebook Law Review Rules. Pay close attention to the in-text and References Page requirements of APA, or, the total embedding of citations within content when following Bluebook (remember, Bluebook does NOT allow for a “references” list to be submitted; they are not placed at the bottom of a response, at the bottom of a page, or at the end of the document).
  • Grammar & Professionalism (10%): Response must be proofread and edited to meet college-level writing expectations. The overall presentation of your document must be professional (remove hyperlinks, change fonts to Times New Roman, 12, black font, create a cover page, format the entire file to one-inch margins all-around.
  • Do not use I, you, we, or us.
  • Do not use contractions.
  • Do not submit a response without credible sources & properly formatted citations.
  • The scholarly source for paragraph ii must come from LexisNexis or FNU’s LIRN Database. The current news event for paragraph iii must come from a reputable news website, for example, CNN, NBC, ABC.
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