California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: October 23, 2014
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 9: Week of October 26, 2014
To stay on track, you should be finishing up the visual component of your project including the inexpensive take away item.
You are falling behind if you have not started the visual component of your project.
Topic: Race and the Composition of Juries
- November 7-12 - Second Meetings (sign up sheet was circulated in class, last week)
- November 28th - No Class (Thanksgiving Weekend)
- December 3rd, at the beginning of class - Final Visual Project due
- December 8th - The last day of class
- Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic. The Derrick Bell Reader. Chapters 9 & 10.
- Samuel Walker and others. The Color of Justice. -- Chapter 6.
- Documentary: "The O.J. Verdict" (to be shown in class)
- Gordon Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. -- entire book.
Lecture related links:
- "theory, policy, practice"
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
Concepts to be covered:
- structural violence
- peremptory challenge
- contextual discrimination
- "race card"
- Swain v. Alabama
- Batson v. Kentucky
- voir dire
- jury pool
- jury nullfication
- race dependent jury selection
- prosecutorial racial misconduct
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to do this week's readings and view the documentary, "The O.J. Verdict.". Due: Monday, November 3rd.
- What is meant by "playing the race card?" How would you describe Johnnie Cochran's strategy in the O.J. Simpson case? Why. Do you agree with this strategy? Why.
- Explain how Fellman, Bell and Walker would interpret the documentary, "The O.J. Verdict." Which author do you agree with the most? Why.
- Do you agree or disagree with Bell's notion of the "law student as slave." Why. What might Fellman and Walker say about this statement? Why.
- Who has standing to speak for blacks? Can a white lead the black cause? (D&S, p. 296). Explain why. How would Fellman answer these two questions? Why.
Self-Assessment Questions for Final Visual Project: (due Wednesday, December 3rd) .
- Division of Labor-- If working in a group - a) List the names of the individuals in your group. Since midterm, what have you accomplished (e.g., visual project itself, giveaway item)? b) explain the division of labor and your individual contribution to this visual project.
- Connect Visual Project to Course Materials -- Since midterm, explain in depth, how your visual project relates to the course (e.g., the readings, the documentaries, class discussions, major concepts, theories). Discuss how your visual project relates to "theory, policy, practice".
- Self-Assessment -- Since midterm, what have you learned? Apply the 6Cs to your visual project, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your final visual project self-assessment (provide a letter grade) ___ ? Explain why this particular grade.
Suggestions for Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your visual projects. Must relate to "race, crime, law." Must be approved before starting your visual project. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). You are expected to turn in a bibliography with each visual project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your visual project progress. Email me your ideas ASAP.
--- peremptory challenges and more recent options/directions.
--- jury nullification.
--- voir dire.
--- playing the "race card".
--- Paula DiPerna. Juries on Trial.
--- Alan Dershowitz. The Best Defense.
--- Steve Bogira. Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Courthouse.
--- Deborah L. Rhode. Access to Justice.
--- Mark Weiner. Black Trials.
--- Dan T. Carter. Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South.
--- Anthony Lewis. Gideon's Trumpet.
--- Harriet Ziskin. The Blind Eagle.
--- Jonathan Casper. Criminal Courts: The Defendant's Perspective.
--- Samuel Walker. Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in the Criminal Justice System.
--- Kenneth Culp Davis. Discretionary Justice.
--- James P. Levine. Juries and Politics.
--- Bruce Wright. Black Robes, White Justice.
Course Syllabus for CRMJ/SOCA 365 "Race, Crime, Law"