Introduction to Criminology and Criminal law

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Introduction to Criminology and Criminal law

Department of Law and Criminology: Assignment

Question 1

  1. Define a crime (2 Marks)
  2. Compare criminal law and criminal procedure (4 Marks)
  3. Paul, a law enforcement officer, arrests Barney for creating a disturbance at a subway station. While Barney is handcuffed face down on the ground, Paul shoots and kills him. Paul claims that he accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser. Is this an issue of criminal law or criminal procedure?  How and why did you come to this answer?   (5 Marks)
  4. Compare civil and criminal law (4 Marks)

Question 2

  1. Ascertain the primary differences between civil litigation and a criminal prosecution (4 Marks)
  2. Do you think it is ethical to give criminal defendants more legal protection than civil defendants? Why or why not? (3 Marks)
  3. Compare jail and prison (4 Marks)


Question 3

  1. Identify the three sources of law (3 Marks)
  2. Using a well label Diagram describe the Hierarchy of the Sources of Law (5 Marks)
  3. A young man went to a club, saw a girl and bought her some vodka to drink. After drinking them both went to his house and it happened between them (they had sexual intercourse). Meanwhile, according to the girl, she asked the man to stop but he didn’t, so she decided to sue him to court for rape. Please tell me. How can a lawyer, jury or judge determine the mensrea (guilty mind) from the actusreus (guilty act) in court? (12 Marks)

Men’s reach deals with what the defendant might have been thinking at the moment when he committed the actus reus for criminal liability to be attached. In order to be guilty the defendant must have had the men’s rea required for the crime he was committing at the time he committed the criminal this case both the parties was drunk when the sexual act occurred….Continue Reading….


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