Please ensure that your references are from acceptable scholarly sources – that means, they should generally come from your assigned reading (at least one should be from the course textbooks), the Online library, professional journals and government agency websites. Please review resources in the library for more information on credible references. Some examples of unacceptable references include “Findlaw.com,” online dictionaries and encyclopedias, “Wikipedia,” “eHow.com,” “Associated Content,” commercial and essay websites. For definitions use your textbook and craft definitions based on what you have learned from your assigned reading – remember to cite the textbook. For a legal reference, instead of the commercial website, “Findlaw.com,” use the Cornell Law School legal dictionary and sources such as the US Code.**
DQ 1: Define Search (in your own words) within the criminal justice context. Give an example of seizure, within the criminal justice context. What is meant by “reasonableness” in the context of searches, seizures and arrests? What is the difference between “reasonableness” and “probable cause”? Explain. Do police officers have too much discretion when it comes to search and seizure rules? Explain. 150 word count
DQ 2: Research a relatively recent (last 6 months) local or national news article pertaining to the Fourth Amendment – post a brief summary of the main points of the article (in your words), and then explain why you chose it and how it ties to the Fourth Amendment — the major points. What can the class learn from this story? You can use a local paper or broadcast news story or a major national paper or national network or cable news story. Remember to provide a citation.
150 word count