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The Concept of Mens Rea / Intent to Commit a Crime
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6 pages in length. A comprehensive discussion of Mens Rea, the legal principle upon which we base our requirement of intent for a finding of guilty. Covered in this report are the meaning, background, and a brief history of Mens Rea in law as well as a more in-depth analysis of Mens Rea as applied to insanity pleas, hate crimes, etc; Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Constitutionality Of Punitive Damages
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This 10 page paper considers the issue of punitive damages and the changing perspectives in recent years regarding their increased prevalence and their constitutionality. This paper considers the US Supreme Court's response to cases in which punitive damages were awarded and the evaluation of constitutionality through the process of judicial review. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Filename: Punidama.wps

The Courts
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A 4 page paper discussing the relevance of philosophy and enlightenment, evident in books VI-VII of Plato's 'Republic,' in regards to the courts in today's government. Plato argues that true leaders must be aware and knowledgeable of many higher, and more spiritual, aspects of existence if they are to do the job well. it does not do to have leaders exist among the darkness with the rest of the people and it does not serve the people well if the leaders are only out for their own gratification. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Expert Witness
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A 'fair' trial is said to be guaranteed in the United States, however, that is the ideal and not the reality. The judicial system, with all of its problems and flaws, is a combination of law, applied rules of conduct (judicial procedure) and the personal and political situations and circumstances of each individual crime. This 5 page paper examines John Grisham's book, A Time To Kill and the relevance and admissibility of the expert witness for the defense. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: KTexpwit.wps

The Importance of the Jury System
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Beginning with an appropriate overview of why the U.S. Founding Fathers saw the need for a jury system, this well-prepared 8 page essay argues that the jury still remains an ultimate symbol of true American Democracy. Recent Supreme Court decisions as well as the linkage between jury service and other rights of political participation are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Insanity Defense
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This 6 page paper delves into the history of the insanity defense and also evaluates when it is used. Several well-known cases are referenced. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Filename: SA114Ins.wps

The Murder of Jennifer Levin
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This 6 page paper provides an overview of the famous trial dubbed the Preppie Murder case which was later made into a TV movie. Details of the murder are included in addition to follow up in terms of Robert Chambersí current fate. Bibliography lists 13 sources.
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The Plain View Doctrine
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A 10 page research paper providing an overview of the doctrine's history, purpose, current case law, & modern applicability. The writer also discusses anticipated future uses of the Plain View Doctrine. Bibliography lists 15+ sources.
Filename: Plainv.wps

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