Impact of innocentpeople’ rulings

Find a case where an innocent person was convicted of a crime. How were they convicted? What mistakes were made during the investigation and prosecution in this case and how could they have been avoided? What general rules should be followed during an investigation to avoid false convictions? O Define and discuss the so-called CSI Effect. How big of a role do you think this phenomenon has on our American system of justice? Are there any methods to prevent or limit this effect?
O Keep a log or a journal of all the media representations (TV, movies, websites, video games, music, etc…) of criminal investigation you observe for a 48 hour period. Describe your observations and feelings about these depictions of criminal investigation in regard to the accuracy of their portrayals. ? What are some of the more common crimes committed through the use of modem technology? Who investigates these crimes? Are there any lead agencies for these types of crimes? Do you think that law enforcement is capable of effectively limiting these types of crimes, or does technology evolve too fast for the police to keep up? • How has technology impacted the areas of crime scene sketching/diagramming and reconstruction? How do modern police agencies make measurements and create scale drawings of crime and accident scenes for presentation in the courtroom? O Discuss the Reid Technique of interrogation in your own words. Why do you think this method has proven so effective at eliciting confessions? Are there any moral or ethical complications associated with this method? O Read any article from an academic journal (available on the Library’s home page) that is related to criminal investigation and write a summary in your own words. Offer your opinion on the topic and critically analyze the authors perspective. • Find and describe two criminal cases wherein the defense successfully invoked the Exclusionary Rule. (Do not use the Weeks or Mapp cases) What was the impact on the verdict in each case? Based on the information presented, do you think that the Judge ruled appropriately in each of these cases? O Pick one of the following forensic specialties and describe its application to criminal investigations; include an example of an actual case: Odontology, Linguistics, Geology, Anthropology, Pathology, Serology, Chemistry, Engineering O Discuss the NYPD’s traditional use of stop-and-frisk and the court cases related to its use over the past five years. Do you agree with the courts’ findings? What do you think the impact of these rulings has been and will be in the future? O What do you think are the three most important technological innovations that policing has experienced over the last decade? What impacts have these advances had on the effectiveness and/or efficiency of the
inventions are on the horizon that may assist the police in carrying out their duties?

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