The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered. For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. Provide a detailed response to the topic questions in the Discussion Area. For this assignment, post your responses directly to the Discussion Area; do not attach any documents.
To support your work, make sure you use your course and text readings. When asked, also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite the sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
The Exclusionary Rule
You are a new law clerk working for one the popular justices for your state supreme court. You were recently invited to present a presentation on the exclusionary rule to the state police in order to assist them in reducing the number of errors made and increasing their effectiveness while on duty.
In the Discussion Area, please respond to the following questions and explain how you arrived at your decision. Review the decisions of at least two of your classmates and respond to what they have written. Be sure to respond to any feedback to your original post:
- Provide a clear definition of the exclusionary rule.
- Describe how the exclusionary rule might influence the behavior of police officers, detectives, and prosecutors.
- Recall the scenario in last week’s discussion. Assume that Chip told police that he stashed the bodies but was only doing what Bob, the owner, told him to do. If he revealed this information under questioning, but without having been given his Miranda rights, how would that impact the case?
- Do you think it is more important for judges to always enforce the exclusionary rule, or should exceptions be made so that violent criminals are not set free despite being guilty? Explain your reasoning.