Case Study 1: Understanding the Court System

The U.S. Court System is a complex system that includes both federal and state-level courts. The federal system includes the judicial branch of the government. This system is designed to help society interpret the U.S. Constitution and provide guidelines for society. Court cases may concern many different topics and have an unlimited number of outcomes.

Use the Internet or Strayer databases to research a civil or criminal court case in which you are interested.

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

Summarize the seminal facts of the case that you chose.
Explain the main laws that have been violated in the case that you chose.
Describe the possible penalties that could be associated with the laws that you just described.
Explain whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and include any related jurisdictional requirements. Explain the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.
Summarize the outcome of the case, and indicate whether the judge or jury made the decision.
Discuss whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Provide a rationale for the response.
Use at least (3) quality academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format

Points: 200

Case Study 1: Understanding the Court System

Criteria

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Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

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Fair

70-79% C

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Proficient

80-89% B

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Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Summarize the seminal facts of the case that you chose.

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Did not submit or incompletely summarized the seminal facts of the case that you chose.

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Partially summarized the seminal facts of the case that you chose.

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Thoroughly summarized the seminal facts of the case that you chose.

2. Explain the main laws that have been violated in the case that you chose.

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3. Describe the possible penalties that could be associated with the laws that you just described.

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Satisfactorily described the possible penalties that could be associated with the laws that you just described.

Thoroughly described the possible penalties that could be associated with the laws that you just described.

4. Explain whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and include any related jurisdictional requirements. Explain the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

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Did not submit or incompletely explained whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and did not submit or incompletely included any related jurisdictional requirements. Did not submit or incompletely explained the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

Insufficiently explained whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and insufficiently included any related jurisdictional requirements. Insufficiently explained the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

Partially explained whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and partially included any related jurisdictional requirements. Partially explained the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

Satisfactorily explained whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and satisfactorily included any related jurisdictional requirements. Satisfactorily explained the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

Thoroughly explained whether your specific case was heard in the state or federal court system, and thoroughly included any related jurisdictional requirements. Thoroughly explained the fundamental reasons why it was necessary for the case to be heard in that particular court system.

5. Summarize the outcome of the case, and indicate whether the judge or jury made the decision.

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Did not submit or incompletely summarized the outcome of the case, and did not submit or incompletely indicated whether the judge or jury made the decision.

Insufficiently summarized the outcome of the case, and insufficiently indicated whether the judge or jury made the decision.

Partially summarized the outcome of the case, and partially indicated whether the judge or jury made the decision.

Satisfactorily summarized the outcome of the case, and satisfactorily indicated whether the judge or jury made the decision.

Thoroughly summarized the outcome of the case, and thoroughly indicated whether the judge or jury made the decision.

6. Discuss whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Provide a rationale for the response.

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Did not submit or incompletely discussed whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for the response.

Insufficiently discussed whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Insufficiently provided a rationale for the response.

Partially discussed whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Partially provided a rationale for the response.

Satisfactorily discussed whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for the response.

Thoroughly discussed whether or not you believe that the outcome of the case was justified. Thoroughly provided a rationale for the response.

7. 3 references

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8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

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