Criminal Law & Law Enforcement In Montana Victim Rights Protection

Please hit the distinguished marks in the scoring guide. Use my text, 6th edition. My state is Montana.

Introduction

Early social norms, before the emergence of the criminal justice system, resorted to the support of family and friends in finding and exacting revenge against those who had victimized them. Eventually, crimes came to be viewed as offenses against society. Modern day philosophy has evolved to recognize the need for the system to focus upon the victim as someone more than a mere witness or the target of criminal activity. Many states now have evidence rules that prohibit the introduction of certain types of conduct, statements, and offers made by the defendant to the crime victim. Some states have built the philosophy of victims’ rights into statutes, which call for specific rights of protection, notice, and reparation to victims. Some states have even ratified constitutional amendments to protect the rights of victims.

In your main post, with respect to prohibiting the introduction of certain types of conduct, statements, and offers made by the defendant to the crime victim, discuss the following:

  • Examine whether evidence rules prohibiting the introduction of certain types of conduct, statements, and offers made by the defendant to the crime victim exist in your state with respect to victims.
  • Determine why such evidence should be excluded if it is relevant to whether the defendant committed the offense.
  • Explore the public policy reasons that exist for excluding such evidence.
  • Evaluate the effect such rules have on your duties as a criminal justice professional.
Criteria Non-performance Basic Proficient Distinguished
Main Discussion Post Response (60%)
Apply critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post.
50%
Does not apply elements of critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post. Applies some elements of critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post. Applies critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post. Applies critical thinking or problem solving to the main discussion post in a comprehensive, step-by-step manner.
Use credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion.
10%
Does not use credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion. Responds to the discussion, but some or all of the resources used for support are not credible. Uses credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion. Uses well- developed, relevant support from credible resources or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion and impartially considers conflicting data or other perspectives.
Follow-up Post Response One (15%)
Advance the discussion with a substantive response that asks questions, assesses further considerations, or provides a different point of view.
15%
Does not respond to the discussion beyond the initial post. Provides a substantive response, but does not advance the discussion by asking questions, assessing further considerations, or providing a different point of view. Advances the discussion with a substantive response that asks questions, assesses further considerations, or provides a different point of view. Advances the discussion with a substantive response that contains well- supported and fully developed positions and perspectives that support or conflict with the original post.
Follow-up Response Two (15%)
Advance the discussion with a substantive response that asks questions, assesses further considerations, or provides a different point of view.
15%
Does not respond to the discussion beyond the initial post or the first response. Provides a substantive response, but does not advance the discussion by asking questions, assessing further considerations, or providing a different point of view. Advances the discussion with a substantive response that asks questions, assesses further considerations, or provides a different point of view. Advances the discussion with a substantive response that contains well- supported and fully developed positions and perspectives that support or conflict with the original post.
All Posts (10%)
Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with expectations for criminal justice professionals.
10%
Communicates in a manner that is inconsistent with expectations for criminal justice professionals. Communicates in a manner that is not fully consistent with expectations for criminal justice professionals. Communicates in a professional manner that is consistent with expectations for criminal justice professionals. Communicates in a clear, comprehensive, and professional manner aligned with with expectations for criminal justice professionals.

 

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