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NAU Students Extra Credit

July 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Mentally Impaired Offenders





Attend monthly meetings of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Task Force on Offenders with Mental Impairments.  Write a description of what you learned at each meeting.  (100 points of extra credit for each meeting you attend.)


Read one of the following important U.S. Supreme Court cases.  Write a description of the holding of the case.  Explain  the effect of this holding on the criminal justice system.  (This is worth 100 points or more, depending on how much detail you include and the quality of your work.):


Clark v. Arizona, 548 U.S. 735 (2006) (Arizona’s Guilty Except Insane verdict)

Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166 (2003) (forced medication of defendant who is incompetent to stand trial)

Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002) (death penalty and mentally retarded persons)

Foucha v. Louisiana, 504 U.S. 71 (1992) (circumstances under which persons found not guilty by reason of insanity may be confined in mental institution)

Ford v. Wainwright, 477 U.S. 399 (1986) (death penalty and insane persons)











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