CASE STUDY Evidence: Ethical Dilemmas

CASE STUDY Evidence: Ethical Dilemmas

Author: Minnie Fisher


CASE STUDYEvidence: Ethical DilemmasRead the scenario provided below. After reading the scenario, you will have to prepare aresponse using two critical lenses. The first critical lens will be from a detective’sperspective. The second critical lens will be from a judge’s perspective. From eachcritical lens, you are to answer the following questions and provide justification for youranswers:1. Was direct or circumstantial evidence used in the scenario?2. Was documentary evidence used?3. If documentary evidence was used, was it primary or secondary evidence?4. What evidence collection procedures were used in the scenario?5. What written policies concerning evidence collection procedures were implied by thescenario?6. Would the evidence be admissible in trial?You will also need to provide a summarization paragraph in which you will discusswhich lens was the most difficult to answer the questions from and why. In thisparagraph, you will also identify any aspect of the scenario to which information sharedin the textbook could not be applied.Each section of your case study must be clearly labeled using the following sectionheadings:Lens 1: DetectiveLens 2: JudgeSummaryEach section should be a minimum of 100 words. Your entire case study should be atleast two pages.Be sure to cite, in APA format, any source used to influence your response. Therefore,your reference list should include a citation of the textbook, as you are required to applythe concepts discussed in the textbook to the scenario.Scenario: During an evening newscast, an update was provided on the stolen wares thatwere taken during a community festival. The newscast relayed that a few days after thefestival, several of the stolen wares were found in a dumpster near an area that was usedas the festival food court. Several of the sanitation workers that had been on-site duringthe festival reported that they had noticed people standing around the dumpsters prior tothe police officers’ arrival. Each sanitation worker’s interview varied in regards to thesuspects’ descriptions. While the accused were detained in the local jail, several suspectssent correspondence to their family members concerning the incident and theirsubsequent treatment in the jail. Copies of those letters were obtained from familymembers, and the original letters were obtained from the jail’s mail department where

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