FUSE 300: Constitutional Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credit hours

This course will introduce the student to federal and state legal systems and the sources of law. Students will study the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The course will also focus on the constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers during the investigatory stage of the criminal process. Special attention will be paid to how the Supreme Court has attempted to resolve the tension between individual rights and crime control needs in its decisions regulating the following law enforcement practices: investigative detention, arrest, police interrogation, searches and seizures, and eyewitness identification. The rights to effective assistance of counsel and to a jury will also be covered.