Criminal Law Comprehensive Paper

Acomprehensive paper where you combine the information and knowledge you gained from your courtroom observation and your research regarding procedural rights.After you have completed your courtroom observation, you will conduct research to learn more about the specific crime that was the basis of the criminal proceeding you observed. You will also research case law to identify the defendant’s procedural rights.Your Module 05 comprehensive paper should include the following information:All information from your Module 03 Courtroom Proceeding submission related to your courtroom observation, including defendant’s name, type of proceeding, date and location of proceeding (city, state, name of courthouse), name of all participants (judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, any witnesses)The crime/specific criminal law that the defendant allegedly violated? (This will be important for the next part of the assignment.)Discussion of how were the defendant’s constitutional rights protected during the proceeding:Examples:
Defendant’s right to notice of chargesRight to counsel (Sixth Amendment)Privilege against self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment)Right to confront witnesses (Sixth Amendment)Right to present evidence (Sixth Amendment)Right to a jury trial (Sixth Amendment)Exclusion of illegally obtained evidence (Fourth Amendment)Outcome of the proceeding? (guilty plea, set for trial, conviction, sentence)Your reflection and overall thoughts about the proceeding.Was it more/less formal than you expected?What student learned from the experienceHow experience helped student learn more about criminal law and procedureInformation related to your state’s criminal statutes and identify the statute (wording) that is the basis of the criminal charges in the court proceeding you observed. Hint: You can find Florida state statutes and other information at FindLaw.com Include the specific wording of the crime chargedWhat is the level of the crime? (misdemeanor, felony)What is the possible punishment for crime charged? (jail, prison)Does Florida have mandatory, determinate, indeterminate or guideline sentencing options for this specific offense?Discussion of defendant’s constitutional rights in a criminal case and the source of those rights. Think back to the constitutional rights the defendant had in the court proceeding you observed. Examples:
Right to counsel (Sixth Amendment)Privilege against self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment)Right to confront witnesses (Sixth Amendment)Right to present evidence (Sixth Amendment)Right to a jury trial (Sixth Amendment)Exclusion of illegally obtained evidence (Fourth Amendment)Research and identify a minimum of two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases that help establish or clarify the rights of a suspect/defendant in a criminal case. Example: Miranda v. Arizona, regarding a suspect’s protection against self-incrimination during custodial interrogation.Using what you found during your research, summarize the Supreme Court case and the importance of the Court’s decision. Your case summary should include the following information:Case nameLegal issue in the caseFactsName of Supreme Court Justice who wrote the opinionSupreme Court’s Decision/outcome of the caseSupreme Court’s analysis and reasoningWhat impact did the Court’s decision have on procedural rights of suspects or authority of law enforcement officers to obtain evidence in a criminal case?Why is the case is important in helping to establish, protect of clarify a suspect’s/defendant’s procedural rights in a criminal case?
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J131 Mod 03 Course Project – Courtroom Observation
Kettely Jn Baptiste
Rasmussen College
Author’s Note
This research is being submitted on November 26, 2017 for Professor Susan Murray
J131/CJL1381 Section 02 – Criminal Law and Procedures – Crime and the Courtroom
Online Plus – 2017 Fall Quarter Term 2
THE COURT PROCEEDING OF CORY BATEY RAPE CASE
The judges finally gave a verdict on a court case of sexual assault (rape case) this court
procession took place in Davidson County Criminal Court, on a Friday, July 15th 2016 in
Nashville in the state of Tennessee at about 5:55 p.m.
This court proceeding was a sentencing session which I watched from the internet (you
tube).The accused was a young man by the name Cory Batey who, according to the information
given, was an ex footballer of Vanderbilt University.
People present in the court
The courtroom had the following in attendance, during the sentencing, Judge Monte
Watkin, Johnny Grimes, a witness (Cory’s church pastor), Audrey Batey (defendant’s mum) and
Rev James Thomas (witness).Prosecutors available were Tom Thurman and Jan Norman, the
defense attorney was Courtney Teasley. Defendant’s lawyer, Worrick Robinson was also in
attendance.
Alleged crime
Mr. Cory was accused of sexual assault (Rape) on a young woman and two other counts
of cruel aggravations, taking lead in the rape aggravation and other two instances of rape
aggravation which was attempted. The “rape shield law” which protects the victim (a 24 year old
woman) was violated. It also became clear that the defendant and the victim were total strangers
thus there could have been totally no possibility of consent between the two parties.This
therefore automatically points to a sexual assault committed by the defendant to the victim.
Individuals observed.
In the courtroom, I observed both the judge and the prosecutor and these are the roles that
they played; Judge Monte Watkin’s duty was to analyze the evidence which was availed and
make impartial decision concerning the case which was presented so as to ensure that justice was
done. Prosecutor Jan Norman’s duty was to present to the court all the evidences against Cory
Batey including the photographs and the videos which were taken during the scene of the assault.
He also made sure that the victim got justice as she deserves.
Aside from the two, I also observed the defense attorney general and the defendant’s
lawyer. Courtney Teasley who was the defense attorney general served a purpose of ensuring
that the defendant (Mr. Cory) remained innocent until proven guilty. Courtney carried out the
preparation for the sentencing and gave the sentencing judge mitigating circumstances when Mr.
Cory was found guilty.
The victim, whose name has not been mentioned (according to the Tennessean general
laws) was a protected witness. This is because victims of given offenses are given some
measures of protection for the period of court hearings while they play a part of witnessing. This
measure ensured that the lady’s risk of secondary victimization was reduced.
The presence of Worrick Robbinson also has to be recognized. He was Mr. Cory’s
lawyer who defended him and pleaded for his release for his client would respond positively to
rehabilitation. The right to counsel simply indicates that any person who is accused in the court
has a right to have a lawyer who will defend him/her. The defendant was given the right to
counsel as he had a lawyer, Worrick Robbinson who assisted him in his defense.
The defendant’s constitutional rights observed
In addition to that, the defendant was also given the freedom to practice his right of the
confrontation clause, where the victimized lady filed charges against him and also recommended
his punishment to be 25 years if imprisonment.
During the pronunciation of the verdict by the judge, Mr. Cory Batey was found guilty of
aggravated rape and given a jail sentence of 15 years.
Student’s reflection and overall thoughts
The proceeding was less formal, the counts of violations that the accused was found to
have done qualified him for more than 15 years of imprisonment unlike the judge’s verdict. In
addition, videos and photographs were shown of the incident in the court and the trauma that he
left the victim with, considering he and the three other convicts had the videos going viral was
not a trivial matter. The incidence happened three years before the final verdict was given and
that indicates slow pursuit of justice to the victim.
According to me, justice prevails in a transparent judicial system. Where thorough
investigation is done and proper facilities are availed in the court, fair and impartial judgements
are made.
Criminal law and procedure requires a lot of constitutional knowledge in implementing
them. Putting into practice the experience obtained from this knowledge of criminal law
(especially in the pursuit for justice) the society we live in would be having reduced rate of
violation of people’s rights by others and it would encourage peace in a state.
References
Stacey Barchenger, (July 14, 2016) Cory Batey sentenced to 15 years in Vanderbilt rape case
retrieved from:
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/07/14/cory-batey-faces-least-15-years-fridaysentencing/86953944/
Cory Batey Trial Sentencing (July 2016). Retrieved from:

THE COURT PROCEEDING OF CORY BATEY RAPE CASE
The judges finally gave a verdict on a court case of sexual assault (rape case) this court
procession took place in Davidson County Criminal Court, on a Friday, July 15th 2016 in
Nashville in the state of Tennessee at about 5:55 p.m.
This court proceeding was a sentencing session which I watched from the internet (you
tube).The accused was a young man by the name Cory Batey who, according to the information
given, was an ex footballer of Vanderbilt University.
People present in the court
The courtroom had the following in attendance, during the sentencing, Judge Monte
Watkin, Johnny Grimes, a witness (Cory’s church pastor), Audrey Batey (defendant’s mum) and
Rev James Thomas (witness).Prosecutors available were Tom Thurman and Jan Norman, the
defense attorney was Courtney Teasley. Defendant’s lawyer, Worrick Robinson was also in
attendance.
Alleged crime
Mr. Cory was accused of sexual assault (Rape) on a young woman and two other counts
of cruel aggravations, taking lead in the rape aggravation and other two instances of rape
aggravation which was attempted. The “rape shield law” which protects the victim (a 24 year old
woman) was violated. It also became clear that the defendant and the victim were total strangers
thus there could have been totally no possibility of consent between the two parties.This
therefore automatically points to a sexual assault committed by the defendant to the victim.
Individuals observed.
In the courtroom, I observed both the judge and the prosecutor and these are the roles that
they played; Judge Monte Watkin’s duty was to analyze the evidence which was availed and
make impartial decision concerning the case which was presented so as to ensure that justice was
done. Prosecutor Jan Norman’s duty was to present to the court all the evidences against Cory
Batey including the photographs and the videos which were taken during the scene of the assault.
He also made sure that the victim got justice as she deserves.
Aside from the two, I also observed the defense attorney general and the defendant’s
lawyer. Courtney Teasley who was the defense attorney general served a purpose of ensuring
that the defendant (Mr. Cory) remained innocent until proven guilty. Courtney carried out the
preparation for the sentencing and gave the sentencing judge mitigating circumstances when Mr.
Cory was found guilty.
The victim, whose name has not been mentioned (according to the Tennessean general
laws) was a protected witness. This is because victims of given offenses are given some
measures of protection for the period of court hearings while they play a part of witnessing. This
measure ensured that the lady’s risk of secondary victimization was reduced.
The presence of Worrick Robbinson also has to be recognized. He was Mr. Cory’s
lawyer who defended him and pleaded for his release for his client would respond positively to
rehabilitation. The right to counsel simply indicates that any person who is accused in the court
has a right to have a lawyer who will defend him/her. The defendant was given the right to
counsel as he had a lawyer, Worrick Robbinson who assisted him in his defense.
The defendant’s constitutional rights observed
In addition to that, the defendant was also given the freedom to practice his right of the
confrontation clause, where the victimized lady filed charges against him and also recommended
his punishment to be 25 years if imprisonment.
During the pronunciation of the verdict by the judge, Mr. Cory Batey was found guilty of
aggravated rape and given a jail sentence of 15 years.
Student’s reflection and overall thoughts
The proceeding was less formal, the counts of violations that the accused was found to
have done qualified him for more than 15 years of imprisonment unlike the judge’s verdict. In
addition, videos and photographs were shown of the incident in the court and the trauma that he
left the victim with, considering he and the three other convicts had the videos going viral was
not a trivial matter. The incidence happened three years before the final verdict was given and
that indicates slow pursuit of justice to the victim.
According to me, justice prevails in a transparent judicial system. Where thorough
investigation is done and proper facilities are availed in the court, fair and impartial judgements
are made.
Criminal law and procedure requires a lot of constitutional knowledge in implementing
them. Putting into practice the experience obtained from this knowledge of criminal law
(especially in the pursuit for justice) the society we live in would be having reduced rate of
violation of people’s rights by others and it would encourage peace in a state.
References
Stacey Barchenger, (July 14, 2016) Cory Batey sentenced to 15 years in Vanderbilt rape case
retrieved from:
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/07/14/cory-batey-faces-least-15-years-fridaysentencing/86953944/
Cory Batey Trial Sentencing (July 2016). Retrieved from:


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