Project: Thinking About Jurisdiction
Before completing this project, review the reading on Sources of Criminal Law (pp. 7-11) in Chapter 1 of your textbook. You may also want to read the following resources
Federal vs. State Courts ? Key Differences:
Understanding Federal and State Courts: http://www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources/FederalCourt-Basics/CourtStructure/UnderstandingFederalAndStateCourts.aspx
The Line Between State And Federal Criminal Jurisdiction:Two Recent Murder-for-Hire Decisions Illustrate How Blurry It Can Be: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hilden/20031015.html#
For this project, you will be exploring the differences between state and federal jurisdiction in criminal prosecutions with respect to crimes against persons. You are to identify a specific crime, for example, murder or kidnapping, and describe the following:
1.Create a scenario in which a state statute involving the crime you?ve selected is applied, naming the statute you?ve researched and used by proper citation;
2.Create a scenario in which the federal statute involving that same conduct can be applied, naming the statute you?ve researched and used by proper citation;
The primary objective of this assignment is to explain how the same conduct may be prosecuted pursuant to both state and federal statutes. You should select the same crime, and research the legal definition of those crimes in a state and also at the federal level. This assignment does call for outside research.
Each scenario should be at least one paragraph long and should have enough detail to illustrate the dynamics of the applicable statute described. Your paper should be written in APA format with a length between 1-2 pages (excluding cover and reference pages).
You may consult the Kaplan Online Library, the Internet, the textbook and other course material, and any other outside resources in supporting your task. It is recommended that you look to your state criminal codes for examples of crimes that may be prosecuted at the state level. Be sure to include a statutory citation.
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