College of Criminal Justice
CJ U110 CRIMINAL DUE PROCESS
Syllabus Spring Semester 2005
Professor Bridgette Baldwin
407 Churchill Hall 617 373 7457
423 Cushing Hall 617 373 5366
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS OF THE COURSE
The principle focus of due process is understanding the concept of fair procedure. Fair procedure guarantees that individuals
will be free from unreasonable invasions of privacy and freedom by enforcement agents of the state. A course such as this
will explore the provisions of the United States Constitution as the United States Supreme Court interprets it. In understanding
and analyzing the concept of fair procedure, this course discusses the definition of many legal rules and doctrines, not all of
which can be easily understood. This course requires the knowledge of particular concepts and the ability to identify them in
complex fact patterns and discuss their implications.
In this course we will attempt to trace the history of the Fourteenth Amendment and what effect its “incorporation” has had on
state criminal procedures involving the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments. We will also develop skills in effective thinking,
effective communication, and information literacy by studying, analyzing, and discussing United States Supreme Court cases.
These skills will be developed by two major exams and various quiz and response questions designed to identify and apply
principles of law to selected fact situations.
Leading Constitutional Cases on Criminal Justice, by Lloyd L. Weinreb, published by Foundation Press.
Delsohn, Gary. The Prosecutors, The Plume Book, New York 2003.
Students are required to read the assignments for each class each week. In addition to the assigned readings from the text,
you may be required to read various cases and articles handed out in class. You will be c