Research the Internet and find a celebrated criminal prosecution case to analyze, such as a criminal case that received media attention. This case must have proceeded to trial; it cannot have been plea bargained or dismissed before the trial phase.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you address the following questions:
- Summarize the criminal procedures that occurred in this case, from arrest through appeal, if applicable.
- What was the crime the defendant was alleged to have committed? What are the elements of that crime? Is there sufficient evidence to believe the defendant guilty of this crime beyond a reasonable doubt? Explain.
- Identify the legal defenses used in this case. Explain what the defense entails and if it is viable.
- Based on the evidence, should, or did, the defense apply to either exonerate the defendant or reduce his sentence?
Format your answers consistent with APA guidelines.
The essay should have six paragraphs.
The first paragraph is your introduction. It should provide background for the reader and then set forth a thesis statement that tells the reader what four topics will follow. Do not use first person “I.” Use headings before body paragraphs.
The second paragraph should summarize the criminal procedures. It should provide examples, references, and good information.
The third paragraph should define the crime, set forth its elements, and discuss the evidence. Use examples and details.
The fourth paragraph should identify the legal defense. Again, use examples and details.
The fifth paragraph should discuss the sentencing: should the defendant have been exonerated or should his sentence have been reduced. Use third person–do not set forth your opinion. Do not say “I believe…” or “In my opinion.” Use details and examples.
The sixth paragraph should be your conclusion. It should restate all major points from the body paragraphs and be at least five sentences.
Don’t forget to include a reference page. Do not use wikipedia as a reference ever. It is unreliable.
Do not use contractions. Do not use “I”, “we,” or “you.”