Ritical Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

In United States v. Thomas, 34 F2. 44 (1994, 2nd Cir), the court stated that a?It has long been accepted that one cannot support a claim of self-defense by a self-generated necessity to kill.a? What is the logic behind this principle? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?


Student papers must conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style format, including the incorporation of citations and a bibliography. You are also expected to include both seminal and contemporary sources of academic information, somewhere in the range of 8 a 10 sources per paper. Sources can be attained through library research, and using the ProquestA® Criminal Justice Periodicals. Completed Research papers are due back, no later than the specified time given by your instructor.

For each response, be sure to include scholarly research as evidence to support your ideas throughout your response. Do your best to limit your use of direct quotes to 1 or 2 maximum for the entire paper, and work on paraphrasing your sources instead. Wherever possible, try to use your own words in order to clearly demonstrate your understanding. Note that sources that are deemed as scholarly are peer-reviewed journals. Websites that use *.gov or *.edu are often acceptable, however, they are not necessarily scholarly. In addition, be sure to avoid using sources like Wikipedia and other similar websites which can be edited by almost anyone. Note that a formal abstract is included on the template, and in addition to the abstract, you should include an introductory and concluding paragraph, as well as several paragraphs with supporting scholarly evidence in-between. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, remember to cite your sources clearly and frequently in-text as well as at the end of your paper.

Papers should not have more than 20% of their content as a similar match to other sources; this includes reference lists and the questions being asked. The best policy is to never cut more than a sentence or two from another source, and if you do make sure it is cited, paraphrased, and listed in your reference list. Papers that are higher than 40% of externally sourced material will not pass, and you will not be provided the opportunity to make revisions.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
a? Direct quotes: If you are quoting a source word for word, be sure to include the page number as well as the author and year as follows: (Streit, 2011, p.2). As was stated earlier, be sure to limit your use of direct quotes to 1 or 2 maximum for the entire paper in order to avoid losing your voice as a writer. Paraphrase instead! In addition, if the direct quote is more than 40 words in length, be sure to block indent and follow the APA-style guidelines closely.

a? Finally, spell out any connections or define terms clearly for the reader, and do not assume that the reader understands a concept or idea. Remember, this is your chance to demonstrate what you know, so connect the dots for the reader and elaborate on a point in depth and as clearly as possible.

a? Spell out all abbreviations the first time you use them. In addition, avoid abbreviations if they are not commonly used or difficult to recall.

a? Use headers throughout your writing to help guide the reader and also stay organized. Create an outline of your answer ahead of time, and use this as a framework to keep your writing focused and on task. Include a strong thesis statement and summary paragraph to reinforce your main points and pull everything together. Finally, avoid going back to a topic, and stay focused on one subject at a time.

a? Do your best to make use of transitional statements, and gently guide the reader from one paragraph or subject to the next. Avoid abrupt changes in topic.