House Bill 2504

Fall 2012 Course Syllabus

CRIJ-2323-01 - Legal Aspects Law Enforce

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2012
InstructorTurkel, Richard Ellis
Phone(409) 984-6511
Math and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:T,R, 10:30-11:00 AM
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
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Course Information
Course Number90640
Course Description Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement.
Course Prerequisites Basic Skills competency in reading required
Required Textbooks Criminal Procedure, 8th Edition, Samaha, Wadsworth-Cengage, ISBN 978-0-495-91335-1
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students who miss more than 3 class hours are subject to being dropped by the instructor. The student is required to meet with the instructor at this time to discuss attendance and class progress. Students who are more than 10 minutes tardy will be marked with 1/2 hours absence for that class period. Students who are more than 20 minutes late will be marked with 1 hour absent for that class period. Students with more than 3 hours absence will loss 1 point on their final grade for each class-hour absent.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Exams 50%; Class Work/Ride Along 30%, Final Exam 20%
Final Exam Date December 11, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Major Assignments August:

18: First Class Day.                 Hand out and discuss syllabus and course requirements

20:         1-23


04-06:        24-53                Rochin v California 37

U.S. v Armstrong 42


11-13:        54-82                Katz v U.S. 55        

                        U.S. v White 62

                        Kyllo v U.S. 65                        

                        Illinois v Caballes 69

                        California v Hodori 76

18-20:                83-122         Terry v Ohio 89

                                Adam v Williams 95

                                Illionis v Wardlow 103

                                Hibel v 6th Judicial Dist. 114

                                Minn v Dickerson 118

                                Maryland v Wilson 122                


25-27:         118-152        Arizona v Johnson 126

                        U.S. v Montoya de Hernandez 128

                        Michigan v Stitz 132

                        Draper v U.S. 144

                        Brigham City v Charles Stuart 152        


02:        152-175        Tennessee v Garner 156

                        Graham v Conner 158

                        Kuha v City of Minnetonka 162

                        Atwater v City of Lago Vista 166

04:        FIRST EXAM - Chapters 1 through 5

09-11:                176-200        Wilson v Arkansas 180

                                Chimel v California 186

                                Arizona v Gant 189

                                Knowles v Iowa 195

                                Whren v U.S.197


16-18:                201-237        Schneckloth v Bustamonte 202

                                U.S. v Rodney 208

                                Illinois v Rodriquez 215

                                Wyoming v Houghton 221

                                S. Dakota v Opperman 232

23-25:                237-265        Bull & Others v San Fransico 238

                                Samson v California 244

                                State v Ellis 247

                                Ferguson v Charleston 252

30- Nov.1:        266-299        Miranda v Arizona 270

                                Berkemer v McCarty 275

                                Berghuis v Tomkins 282

                                Colorado v Connelly 286

06-08:                300-334        Manson v Brathwaite 306

                                State v Clopten 323

                                D.A. v Osborne 327

13-15:                336-388        Mapp v Ohio 339

                                Herring v U.S. 346

                                Jacobson v U.S. 356

                                Anderson v Creighton 368

                                Pinder v Johnson 374

20:        SECOND EXAM - Chapters 6 through 11

22:        Thanksgiving Holiday

27-29:                392-490        Riverside v McLaughlin 396

                                U.S. v Salerno 402

                                Bell v Wolfish 405

                                Rompilla v Beard 415

                                Renico v Lett 429

                                Snyder v Louisiana 448

                                N. Carolina v Alford 463

                                Lockyer v Andrade 487

                                Gall v U.S. 493


04:        THIRD EXAM - Chapters 12 through 15

11: Final 1100AM - 1:30PM

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes None known to me.
Course Student Learning Outcomes None knopwn to me.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.


    1. Make-up Policy:


    Anyone absent the day of a test must provide a written doctor’s medical excuse to be allowed a make-up. If you are unable to provide a medical excuse, you will receive a “0" for the test and not be allowed to take a make-up. Non-medical emergencies may take place on test dates. If you are unable to attend class on the day of a test, you must call the instructor before the test is given and explain the reason you will not be able to take the test. It will be left to the professor’s discretion as to whether or not you will be allowed to take a make-up test. If you are given permission to take a make-up, you must do so within one week after the original test was given. If not a grade of “0" will be assigned. If you miss the final examination a grade of “F” may be assigned for the course. Medical excuses or other reasonable justifications of missing the final exam may be taken into consideration.

            Class assignments, term projects, class projects, etc.

    Class assignments, term projects, and any other work assigned must be turned in or presented on the announced due date. Failure to turn in or present a project on the due date will result in a deduction of 5 points if not turned in by the next day and 10 points if not turned in within 3 days. An additional 1 point per day will be deducted for each additional day late. If the work is late due to a medical or other emergency and lesser deduction may be taken at the discretion of the instructor only if the work has been turned in the next day after the emergency is over.

    2. Classroom Etiquette:

    Students will not use cell phones, pagers, i-pods, etc., nor allow such equipment to make noise during class. Students will not engage in any disruptive behavior. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked absent for that class period.

    Black’s Law Dictionary defines defamation as the “holding up of a person to ridicule, scorn, or contempt... a communication is defamation if it tends to harm the reputation of another.” The First Amendment rarely protects either written or spoken remarks of a defamatory nature. Courtesy and respect are best suited to an educational setting. Therefore, defamation will NOT be tolerated. The Professor also honors multi-cultural goals.

    3. Classroom Policies:

    No food, drink, tobacco, cell phone, children, friends, relative, nor disruptive behavior are allowed in the classroom. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked absent for that class period.

    If you are talking during class lecture and distracting the instructor and/or class, you will be given a “0" for that class period and those “0” grade will be averaged into your exam grades.

Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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