Case Study 1: Understanding the Court System

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The U.S. Court System is a complex system that includes both federal and
state-level courts. The federal system includes the judicial branch of the
government. This system is designed to help society interpret the U.S.
Constitution and provide guidelines for society. Court cases may concern many
different topics and have an unlimited number of outcomes. 

Use the Internet or Strayer databases to research a civil or criminal court
case in which you are interested.

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Summarize the seminal facts of the case that you chose.
  2. Explain the main laws that have been violated in the case that you
    chose.
  3. Describe the possible penalties that could be associated with the laws that
    you just described.
  4. Explain whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court
    system, and include any related jurisdictional requirements. Explain the
    fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that
    particular court system.
  5. Summarize the outcome of the case, and indicate whether the judge or jury
    made the decision.
  6. Discuss whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was
    justified. Provide a rationale for the response.
  7. Use at least (3) quality academic resources. Note:
    Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
    margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or
    school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
    instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s
    name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and
    the reference page are not included in the required assignment page
    length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment
are:

  • Examine the organizational frameworks and decision-making environment in the
    judicial process.
  • Examine the rule of law in the American court system and in the judicial
    process.
  • Detail the history and organization of the levels of the American court
    system and the issue of jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the criminal
    court and the judicial process in America.
  • Write clearly and concisely about the American court system using proper
    writing mechanics and APA style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic /
organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

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