Resource: Lexis Uni Supreme Court Research Search
Sign in to the Lexis Uni website and navigate to the Criminal Justice Home page. Under “Recent Supreme Court Decisions”, click on “View all Supreme Court Decisions for Criminal Justice”. Then, narrow your search by “violent crimes”. (Again, if you have trouble with the Lexis Uni site, please check with me or select a U.S. Supreme Court criminal case from the last 7 years that involved “violent crimes”).
Locate two U.S. Supreme Court cases that discuss various types of criminal defenses. Be sure to properly cite both cases in your paper.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word case analysis in which you identify and examine the types of criminal defenses that were used. Include the following:
- Explain the nature and types of defenses used in the cases. What evidence was used to demonstrate the defense?
- Explain the similarities and differences between justification and excuse. Describe how justification and excuse play a role in the cases.
- Describe the outcome of each case.