EVIDENCE AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
Course: CRJ – 205 Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: CRJ-130 AND CRJ-155 or consent Instructor: Professor Ken Krynicki
Office Hrs: Phone:
The main focus of this course will be on examining the legal aspects of law enforcement. Policing in a democracy often conflicts with the core principles protecting citizens from government intrusions. This course is an in-depth analysis of the rules of criminal evidence and procedure in the United States. Topics include trial procedures,
examination of witnesses, real/physical evidence,
circumstantial evidence, hearsay evidence and exceptions, privileged communications, declarations against interests,
and judicial notice. After completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
§ A working knowledge of criminal procedure (L3). § The areas where police discretion may appear (L4). § A working knowledge of police discretion (L3).
§ A working knowledge of criminal procedure (L3).
§ An understanding of the concept of admissibility (L9). § An ability to identify problems police have in collecting
§ A working knowledge of the issues in the administrative
review of the chain of custody (L10).
§ The importance and the effects of education on Police
*Acquire an understanding of the Constitutional and practical grounds for criminal procedure.
* Understand the role of the judiciary and the rule of law in society.
* Examine the historical evolution of procedural doctrines, standards, and tests.
* Analyze both early and contemporary Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment safeguards.
*Articulate informed opinion about principles of fairness, due process, and liberty.
*Identify the practical legal necessities for
organizing successful strategy & tactics for trial.
* Appreciate the foundations and principles underlying the basic rules of evidence.
John N. Ferdico, John N. Ferdico, Henry F. Fradella, Christopher Totten Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional
Wadsworth Publishing Copyright 2013
WELCOME: You have registered for an exciting approach to
the study of Criminal Investigation. This online class is designed for disciplined, self-motivated, independent learners. Although we will be moving through the semester as a class, there are times during the semester that you will be studying on your own or in small groups. However, at no time should you feel alone. As your instructor, I will be available throughout the semester to answer questions or to discuss any of the assigned material. I will be as close as your computer and as accessible as an e-mail message. Especially welcome are those questions
that you may feel are too “dumb” to ask. They are often the most insightful. Please e-mail me at kkrynick@ jjc.edu.
DIVERSITY: As your instructor, it is my intent that students from diverse backgrounds and
perspectives be well-served by this course and that the diversity which students bring to this
class be viewed and used as both a resource and a strength. It is also my intent to assign materials and plan learning activities that are respectful of diversity, be it gender, race, socioeconomic
status, culture, linguistic background, religion,
gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, physical ability, perspective or any other such
characteristic. Any suggestions for improving the value of diversity for you personally or for other students or student groups in this course are encouraged and appreciated.
Faculty commitment: As an online faculty
member, I am committed to providing a quality learning experience through thoughtful planning, implementation, and assessment of course
available to students throughout the semester by returning e-mails and within 24 to 48 hours and to returning graded course work within a
week. Furthermore, I am committed to selecting appropriate course materials and making them available in an organized and timely manner in the online course site.
Student Commitment: By registering for this online course, you commit yourself to
self-motivated study, participation in online course activities, and the submission of all assignments and exams on time. Furthermore, you commit to accessing the course website and checking your JJC e-mail at least four times a week and to
devoting at least as much time to this online course as to a comparable traditional class on campus. In other words, since this is a 3 credit hour course offered during a 16-week semester, you commit to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week on this class.
Discussion Board (Required): 100 points each/30% of overall course grade.
Student attendance – even virtual attendance – and participation in class discussion are important to the success of any class. Since this course in conducted online, active participation by all class members is essential for generating meaningful discussions related to course
material. Participation in the class will count 30% toward your final course grade and will be based on both the quality and quantity of postings to the class Discussion Board. A minimum of three weekly postings is required to receive maximum credit for participation (that includes one
substantive initial posting and two substantive peer responses to fellow classmates.) The
Discussion Boards will open for weekly discussion at 12am on Saturday and close at 6pm the
following Friday, thereby allowing a full 5 days to respond to the topic of the week.
a) First, you must post your initial Discussion Board assignment each week no later than 6PM Wednesday evening in response to that week’s particular Discussion Board Topic. Your initial posting must be no less than 3 substantive
b) Secondly, by 6pm Friday night you must respond to at least two of your peer’s postings with a minimum of 1 paragraph with substance each.
Grading a discussion forum is admittedly a
subjective process. Generally, there are no correct or incorrect answers as long as they are
thoughtful and relevant. On Fridays, after I have closed the forum for that week, I will assign
points for your participation. Your entries should be substantive and relevant to the material in that module. Responses to entries of fellow students will count as well, as they indicate that you have read and thought about what other students are saying. Your initial posting should be a minimum of 3 substantive paragraphs and will count up to 50 points and each of your two peer responses should be a minimum of one substantive
paragraph and count 25 points each for up to 100 points total for the weekly DB grade.
As long as you approach the discussion forums seriously and put some thought into your
responses, you will find that I grade them
as if it were a discussion in the classroom. I look for the quality and quantity of your work.
Cyber Café Lounge (Optional): For casual
conversation and social interaction with other students, you are encouraged to visit the cyber lounge. The lounge offers students the
opportunity to engage in friendly and fun
conversation by posting asynchronous messages to a non-academic area of the class Discussion Board. This is not a course requirement, and points are not awarded for posting messages in this area.
QUIZZES (Required): 100 points each/20% of overall course grade. Some weeks we will have a quiz in lieu of a Discussion Board
assignment. Quizzes will cover several of the assigned chapters during the weeks and will be posted under each WEEK that an assignment is due. There is NO opportunity to make-up
quizzes. Quizzes will consist of true/false, and
multiple choice questions. All quizzes will be taken online through this web site and are timed. More info can be found under the WEEKLY
MIDTERM EXAM (Required): 100 points each/ 20% of overall course grade.
The Midterm Exam is a timed-test that is to be completed on the course site and without the use of your textbook. It will contain 25 Multiple Choice Questions pertaining to the concepts discussed in Chapters 1-6 of your textbook. You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam and have only one (1) attempt.
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION: (Required)
200 points/10% of final course grade. The POWER
POINT presentation is to include 6-10 slides that
thoroughly defines and examines the topic. Specific U.S. court cases must be cited in your research of the topic. This is to be of high quality, free of spelling and
grammatical errors, and of original work. Plagiarism will result in an automatic "0." The final slide show will be
10% of your final grade. Your grade is determined by how well you define and explain the topic utilizing the reading assignment, web site information and any other
documentation that can help you make a fair assessment.
FINAL EXAM (Required): 100 points/ 20% of
final course grade.
There will be a Final Exam at the end of the
semester. The Final Exam will contain 25 Multiple Choice Questions from the material found in
Chapters 7-13 of the textbook. It will be
administered on this course site and will be a 60 minute timed- test. There will be no opportunity to make-up the exam. The Final exam constitutes 20% of your overall final course grade. The dates and times for the Final Exam are posted on the course calendar as well as WEEKLY
ASSIGNMENTS page. EVALUATION SUMMARY
PowerPoint Presentation 10%
Final Exam 20%
COURSE ADMINISTRATION A= 90-100
B= 80-89 C= 70-79 D= 60-69
F= 59 and below
NETIQUETTE: In any social interaction, certain rules of etiquette are expected and contribute to more enjoyable and productive
communication. The following tips for interacting online in e-mail and/or Discussion Board
messages are adapted from guidelines originally compiled by Chuq Von Rospach and Gene
*Remember that the person receiving your message is someone like you, someone who deserves and appreciates courtesy and respect. *Be brief; succinct, thoughtful messages have the greatest impact.
*Your messages reflect on YOU; take time to make sure that you are proud of their form and content.
*Use descriptive subject headings in e-mail messages.
*Think about your audience and the relevance of your messages.
*Be careful with humor and sarcasm; without the voice inflections and body language of face-to-face communication, Internet messages can be easily misinterpreted.
*When making follow-up comments, summarize the parts of the message to which you are
*Avoid repeating what has already been said; needless repetition is ineffective communication.
*Cite appropriate references whenever using someone else’s ideas, thoughts, or words.
For those who need assistance with putting together a power point presentation check out
either the JJC computer labs or access PowerPoint through Citrix
contains links to where students can download
the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer and the free
Microsoft Word viewer along with other safe
SEXUAL HARRASMENT: Since learning is best
achieved in an environment of mutual respect and trust, the college has adopted a clear and firm
policy prohibiting sexual harassment. Even though this is an online class, sexual harassment can,
nonetheless, occur. Such conduct will not be
tolerated in this class, and victims are encouraged to report any unwelcome sexual advances to
appropriate school authorities. (See the College Catalog and/or Student Handbook for more
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: It is expected that
students in this course will maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Anyone involved in dishonesty—i.e. plagiarism, granting or
receiving assistance on exams, etc.—will minimally receive a failing grade on the
assignment and, at the instructor’s discretion, may possibly receive a failing grade in the
course. If you have any questions about how and when to cite references, please ask for
clarification before submitting written
assignments. Intellectual honesty and integrity are essential attributes of an educated
person. (See the College Catalog and/or Student Handbook for further information on academic misconduct.)
RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY: Students are
responsible for knowing and following the terms and conditions of JJC’s policy for “Responsible Use of Information Technology.” This policy may be
found online at
College Catalog, Student Handbook, and posted in computer labs on campus.
OTHERS WITH ACCESS: Individuals such as
guest speakers, course evaluators, and technical support staff may access the online course site when necessary and/or appropriate.
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE: In addition to the assistance provided by your instructor, the Academic Skills Center provides a variety of
academic services on Main Campus in J-2013. For example, some students may wish to schedule appointments with tutors, who are available at no cost to provide academic assistance. Information regarding the services of the ASC is available at
http://www.jjc.edu/services-for- students/academic-resources/academic-skills-center/Pages/default.aspx or by phone at (815) 280-2284.
SPECIAL NEEDS: In accordance with college
policy, students with a documented disability for which special arrangements or accommodations may be needed should contact their instructor
and/or the office of Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) in J- 2025 at their earliest
convenience to discuss how their educational needs can best be met. The StAR office provides an array of academic support services to students with documented physical or learning disabilities, to students with limited English proficiency, and to students enrolled in career and technical
majors who are at risk academically. For more information regarding StAR’s services, visit
http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/disability-services/pages/default.aspxor call (815) 280-2230.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If a student determines that he/she will be unable to complete the course, it is the student's responsibility to initiate
procedures leading to a formal withdrawal ("W") in order to avoid a failing ("F") grade in the
course. To receive a "W" grade, a student must withdraw before the deadline established by the college. Contact the Registrar’s Office at (815) 744-2200 for further information on withdrawal procedures and deadline dates.
INCOMPLETE GRADES: Incomplete (I) grades and deadline extensions are not options in this
course. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their work before deadlines
approach. Waiting until the “last minute” to submit assignments and to take quizzes and
exams is inadvisable since deadlines are fixed and “I” grades are not awarded.
EXTRA CREDIT: We may have one or two
opportunities for extra credit. More information to follow~~
ASSIGNMENT DEADLINES: Due dates and
deadlines have been established for each graded assignment. In this course, deadlines are taken very seriously. Please do not wait until the last day to submit assignments or to take quizzes and exams. In most cases, graded course work and exams can be completed before the deadline
dates. Extensions on course assignments are only granted in extreme circumstances and only with proper documentation.
DISCLAIMER: The course schedule and class
procedures set forth in the syllabus are subject to
modification in the event of extenuating
changes to the syllabus will be announced in the online course site, and students will be give ample opportunity to adjust accordingly.
NOTE: If you are unable or unwilling to adhere to
the course policies and procedures described above, please register for a different class with policies more to your liking. The college offers a wide variety of traditional and distance education courses from which to choose.
Joliet Junior College adheres to the student code of conduct as published by the office of the Dean of Student development. Six primary behaviors are expected;
1. Respect each other
2. Take responsibility for your actions 3. Be fair
4. Act with honesty 5. Trust each other 6. Demonstrate civility
Additionally responsible students should do the following things.
· Read the course syllabi
· Demonstrate and respect divergent opinions
· Complete all assignments no later than the deadline. The deadline is the last possible
time to submit it. Earlier is better.
· Get INVOLVED in class discussions and ask questions if you are unsure
· Notify the instructor EARLY in the course if you are having problems
· Read material before the due dates
· Create index study cards, work with other students to have a study group.
· ALL written work must be typed on a word processor such as MS Word except for DB
· Take PRIDE IN YOUR WORK, it’s a reflection of you as a person and student
Chapter 1--Individual Rights Under the United States Constitution Chapter 2--Criminal Courts, Pretrial Processes, and Trials
Chapter 3--Basic Underlying Concepts: The Exclusionary Rule, Privacy, Probable Cause, and Reasonableness
Chapter 4--Criminal Investigatory Search Warrants
Chapter 5—Searches for Electronically-Stored Information and Electronic Surveillance Chapter 6—Administrative and Special Needs Searches
Chapter 7— Arrests, Searches Incident-to-Arrest, and Protective Sweeps Chapter 8— Stops and Frisks
Chapter 9--Consent Searches
Chapter 10--The Plain View Doctrine
Chapter 11--Search and Seizure of Vehicles and Containers Chapter 12--Open Fields and Abandoned Property
Chapter 13--Interrogations, Admissions, and Confessions Chapter 14--Pretrial Visual Identification Procedures
Chapter 15 – Criminal Trials, Appeals, and Other Post-Conviction Remedies
Best of Luck! If I can ever be of assistance, I am just an email away.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Internet Access (broadband preferred); Microsoft Internet Explorer version 8 or 9 Firefox version 3.6 - 7, basic Web-surfing and computer skills; word processing (Microsoft Word strongly recommended); NOTE: If you are an AOL or YAHOO! customer and use their browser, you will have difficulty using ANGEL. It is recommended that AOL and Yahoo! users connect to the Internet with AOL/Yahoo as usual, then minimize the AOL browser screen, open one of the recommended Web browsers, and connect to your course site.
Please keep in mind that Google's Chrome web browser as well as Apple's Safari browser are not compatible or supported at this time because there are features of iCampus that do not work properly with them.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: For technical assistance, contact the 24/7 support center at www.jjc.edu/help where you may find a solution to your problem, as well as support through chat and e-mail. Support technicians are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you at 1-866-281-3638. Personal face-to-face help is available in the iCampus Technology Center for Teaching & Learning in Room J-4019 on the main campus from Monday through Thursday, 8am to 8 pm, and on Fridays from 8am to 4:00pm. Help is available in the Tech Center either on a “drop-in” basis or by appointment by calling (815) 280-2481 or by email at iCampusTechCenter@jjc.edu.