Cjs415 Research Project Evidence
You’ll now apply what you’ve learned so far by completing a research project. To complete this project successfully, you must demonstrate the knowledge that you’ve obtained in your course, Evidence
Address practical issues regarding evidence as these issues relate to the provided scenario analyze the evidence in the provided scenario and write about the case, stating the evidence to be obtained, analyzing the evidence, and discussing possible issues of testimony, evidence, and objections by successfully completing this project, you’ll experience the application of your newly gained skills in a true-to-life professional situation.
To satisfy the requirements for this project, you must compose a clear, well-written essay of 1,500 words.
The assignment is based on the following scenario.
It’s a hot mid-summer afternoon in the laconic little town of mayfair, Ohio. Mayfair is a throwback to a simpler time, with friendly people, unlocked doors, and relatively no crime.
Mayfair’s bank, the Mayfair Federal Savings and Loan Association, has been in business at the same location on Main Street since 1924. The only time the bank had ever been “robbed” was in 1954 when Harry, a local man with a history of public intoxication, staggered in and grabbed Mrs.
Perkin’s pocketbook as she was waiting to make a Christmas
club deposit. Harry was arrested two doors down in the liquor
store while he was trying to stuff a bottle of liquor into the stolen pocketbook before passing out. Other than the incident involving the pocketbook, the bank and the community have been tranquil and safe. However, Mayfair is about to become another crime casualty of the modern world.
John and Mary Robinson were married in the neigh boring town of Pine Bluffs. John is an unemployed factory worker who can’t hold down a job or his hot temper, but can hold down vast quantities of whiskey. On this day, John is doing what he does best, sitting around his apartment and drinking with his friend, Roy Harrison. While Roy doesn’t share John’s predilection for violence, he certainly shares his taste for liquor.
As they pass around the Wild Turkey, Mary Robinson is at work as a waitress at the local diner. There’s a history of violence between John and Mary, with John often striking Mary with the back of his hand. While Mary is miserable in the marriage, she’s deathly afraid to leave John.
On this afternoon, with the liquor almost gone, John tells Roy that he must make a “big score” by robbing the bank in Mayfair. Roy tells John that he must be drunk or crazy, or a little of both. John speculates it would be easy: there would be no guards, and no one would ever expect a bank robbery
in Mayfair. John asks Roy to drive him to the bank in Mary’s 1964 Chevy Nova, wait for him outside, and drive him away after the robbery. In return, John promises to give Roy $1,000. Roy reluctantly agrees.
At 2:00 P.M., Bonnie Clark, the head teller at the Mayfair Bank, is on the telephone with her husband discussing plans for dinner.
Bill Simpson, her assistant, is behind the teller’s window counting the money from two deposit bags. Peter Owens, the bank’s manager, is out of the building for lunch. There are no customers in the bank. Roy stops the car in front of the bank and John gets out and enters. As John does so, he removes a gun from his pocket and walks up to the teller’s window.
He points the gun at Bill Simpson and demands money. Bonnie, still on the phone with her husband, starts to scream. John fires two shots at her, both of which find their marks. John grabs two deposit bags filled with money, runs from the bank into the waiting car, and is driven by Roy back to the apartment where John and Mary live. Within minutes of the robbery, Peter returns from lunch and finds Bill, obviously in a state of shock, staring at the prone and bleeding body of Bonnie. When Peter asks Bill what happened, Bill just continues to stare blankly. Peter then leans over Bonnie and is able to hear her whimper that “the guy with the scar shot me” before she passes away. The police
arrive, having been called by Bonnie’s husband. Detective Ted Walker is assigned to head the investigation into the bank robbery. Through various witnesses, he’s able to locate a woman, Carol Santo, who was loading groceries into her car across the street from the bank at the time of the robbery.
She states that she heard two gun shots coming from the bank and saw a man run out carrying bags. He was yelling, “She made me shoot her,” as he jumped into a waiting “beatup” car. Carol was able to copy down the license plate number of the car onto the back of her grocery receipt. A check with the Department of Motor Vehicles reveals that the car, a 1964 Chevy Nova, is registered to Mary Robinson of Pine Bluffs.
Later that same day, Mary comes home on break to find her husband and Roy sitting on the floor counting money from two deposit bags imprinted with the name “Mayfair Federal.” When Mary questions John about the money, he tells her to shut up and mind her own business. After Roy leaves, John later admits to her, that they had robbed the bank earlier that day. Mary is distraught and returns to work.
Detective Walker visits Mary at the diner and tells her that he’s investigating the bank robbery. Mary immediately tells him what she saw when she returned home from work and what her husband had admitted to her. She also informs the detective that John always uses the Nova even though it’s registered in her name.
Based on the information gathered, Detective Walker decides to assemble a team of police officers and go to the Robinsons’ apartment. He doesn’t apply for a search or arrest warrant, determining that this was an emergency situation with a risk of flight.
When the police arrive at the apartment, they knock down the front door and enter with guns drawn. They find John and Roy sitting on the couch sharing a bottle of Wild Turkey.
Detective Walker informs them that they’re under arrest for the homicide of Bonnie Clark and the robbery at the Mayfair bank. Roy blurts out, “What are you talking about? I didn’t even go into the bank.” John smacks Roy and tells him to keep his mouth shut. The police arrest both individuals and conduct a search of the apartment. In the bedroom closet under a pile of old clothes, they find a loaded handgun and two Mayfair Federal deposit bags, each containing a large sum of money.
John and Roy are taken back to the police station and placed in separate holding cells. Both are advised of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Roy gives a full written confession wherein he truthfully outlines their respective involvement in the crimes. John refuses to give a written statement and tells the police that he just drove the car and that Roy “went in and shot the woman.” Detective Walker then arranges a lineup for Bill Simpson and Carol Santo. Present in the lineup were both John and Roy.
Neither witness was able to make an identification of anyone. Bill claimed that he had been in shock; Carol said that it had all happened too quickly. Peter identified the deposit bags as belonging to Mayfair Federal Savings and Loan and signs a statement as to what he heard Bonnie utter prior to her death. Forensic investigator Gabe Martin examines the handgun found in the Robinsons’ apartment and determines that it was, in fact, the gun used to kill Bonnie. Lastly, John does, in fact, have a large scar running down the length of his face.
Research Paper Content
Assume that you’re the prosecutor and that you’re preparing the criminal prosecution against John Robinson.
Roy Harrison has agreed to cooperate with and testify for you against John. In exchange, you’re allowing Roy to enter a plea that will result in a reduced prison sentence. If convicted, John could receive the death penalty. You must present the witnesses and the evidence as related in the provided scenario. Your presentation must be in the form of a comprehensive essay that incorporates an identification and analysis of the following issues:
-The names of each of the witnesses that you, as the chief
prosecutor, would call in the case against John Robinson
-The nature and relevance of the evidence sought to be
obtained from each of your listed witnesses
– An identification of all the potential issues concerning the testimony and evidence, including any possible objections that could be interposed by defense counsel, and the likely outcome (admissible/inadmissible and reasons) The analysis of the evidence should refer to the relevant
topics studied in the course, such as the
– Hearsay rule
– Exclusionary rule
– Dying declarations
– Fruit of the poisonous tree
– Statements against penal interest
– Husband-and-wife privilege
– Direct and circumstantial evidence
– Real and documentary evidence
– Scientific evidence
– Lay and expert witnesses
Before submitting the final draft of your research paper, be sure to
1. Create a title page with the following information:
a. The course title, Evidence
b. Your name
c. Your student number
d. The project number, 50146400
e. The current date
2. Prepare an essay of 1,500 words. Follow the instructions given for the assignment. Your essay should have a brief introduction, several paragraphs that cover the required information, and a conclusion.
3. Double-space your essay and use standard 1-inch left and right margins, flush left and ragged right. Use a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman.
4. Be sure to include all the information as explained in the “Research Paper Content” section.
Your project will be based on the following criteria:
– Style 20%
– Content 40%
– Written communication 15%
– Format 25%
– Total 100%
A brief description of the criteria follows.
– Composes the essay as the prosecutor of the case
– Uses a writing style that conveys accuracy, relevance, authority, and professionalism
– Provides sufficient and relevant content for the essay
– Correctly analyzes the issues of the case
– Applies the course concepts in the analysis
The student Includes an introductory paragraph, a body, and a concluding paragraph
Uses correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure Proofreads the paper to ensure that it contains no typographical errors Provides clear organization by using words and phrases, such as first, however, on the other hand, and so on, since, consequently, next, and when
– Double-spaces the paper
– Types the paper in a standard 12-point font
– Writes at least 1,500 words long