Criminal Justice: Investigaton & Police Practices
This course will consider problems relating to the police role in the administration of criminal justice and judicial enforcement of limitations upon police practices. We will focus primarily on 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments and will answer the following questions: (1) When can the police stop, search, and/or arrest people? (2) When can the police search cars, homes, and offices and for what? (3) When are the police allowed to wire-tap and/or engage in other forms of electronic eavesdropping? (4) What are the laws surrounding police interrogation and confessions? (5) Who has a right to counsel and when and how is it triggered? (6) How are police line-ups and other identification procedures conducted and what are the constitutional limits on such procedures? (7) What remedy does a defendant have if his/her constitutional criminal procedure rights are violated? When is the evidence excluded and when should it be excluded?
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