BCJ 3801, Criminal Evidence and Legal Issues List: Testifying Don’ts

BCJ 3801, Criminal Evidence and Legal Issues List: Testifying Don’ts

Author: Minnie Fisher


BCJ 3801, Criminal Evidence and Legal IssuesList: Testifying Don’tsFor the Unit VIII Assignment, you will prepare a What NOT to Do When Testifying list. As you readChapter 15 in the textbook, take notes on what a professional law enforcement officer (PLEO)should NOT do when testifying or preparing to testify in a criminal case and why. Your list shouldcontain a minimum of 21 items that a PLEO should not do.The first item on your list will be that the PLEO should NEVER commit perjury while testifying.Perjury is knowingly telling a lie under oath about something that is important to the case.As you read through Chapter 15, look for 20 more actions/behaviors that the PLEO should avoid.Prepare a document with the title: What NOT to Do When Testifying. Item #1 has been provided foryou. After each item, provide a brief statement with your rationale for including the item. Use aformat similar to the one shown below:What NOT to Do When Testifying1. You should NEVER commit perjury while testifying. Perjury is knowingly telling a lie underoath about something that is important to the case.a. If a PLEO commits perjury while testifying, the officer may lose his or her job, he or she mayface imprisonment and a fine, the defendant may be acquitted, and it reflects negatively on theprofessionalism and integrity of law enforcement.2. [Continue with the next item.]Use the following checklist to ensure that you have addressed all of the requirements for thisassignment. The checklist will also be used by your instructor to evaluate your submission._The list contains 21 items._Each item is followed by a brief statement giving the rationale for the item._Your document follows the format provided in the example._Your document is reflective of the written communication skills required of a college student inthat it is accurate, concise, and professional in appearance with proper spelling and grammar.NOTE: The goal is to create an understandable, easy-to-follow list of behaviors and actions toavoid, while testifying to maintain the professional image of you and your organization, as well asthe integrity of law enforcement.Your list should be at least two pages. Be sure to cite, in APA format, any source used to influenceyour response. Therefore, your reference list should include a citation of the textbook, as you arerequired to apply the concepts discussed in the textbook to the scenario.Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.APA GuidelinesThe application of the APA writing style shall be practical, functional, and appropriate to eachacademic level, with the primary purpose being the documentation (citation) of sources. CSUrequires that students use APA style for certain papers and projects. Students should alwayscarefully read and follow assignment directions and review the associated grading rubric whenavailable. Students can find CSU’s Citation Guide in the myCSU Student Portal by clicking on the BCJ 3801, Criminal Evidence and Legal Issues“Citation Resources” link in the “Learning Resources” area. This document includes examples andsample papers and provides information on how to contact the CSU Success Center.

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