This project will consist of a case study and analysis of a criminal case of your choice. The case study and analysis focuses on your identification of the crimes, their individual elements and any applicable defenses that could be employed by the defendant in justifying his or her conduct or mitigating the punishment. You should use the case that you submitted in Unit 2 and received approval on from your instructor to complete this assignment. Please see the file attached above for specific details and grading criteria.
Running Head: MURDEROUS
MURDEROUS INTENT 2
On December 28, 2000, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, four Philadelphia men, Shihean Black, Bruce Veney, Dawud and Khalid Faruqi , entered into a West Philadelphia drug inhabited row home, 816 N. Lex Street, with the intent to rob the occupiers. The four masked gunmen rallied all 10 people from the first and second floor of the home into one consolidated area and relieved them of drugs, money, and belongings. During the robbery one of the men, mask came off. After the robbery, the gunmen with the intentions to conceal there identity laid down the 10 people and opened fire on them. The four men then fled the scene. 7 of the 10 people robbed were killed. 23 months, and eight suspects later the four Philadelphia men were arrested and charged.
Possible crimes committed were: Murder, Robbery, Trespass, Assault, Attempted Murder, Drug Possession, Conspiracy, Weapon Possession, and Theft.
Possible defenses: Second Degree Murder Sources
Municipal Court Docket Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MC.aspx
Shihe Black name search
Conroy, T. (n.d.). Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 12, 2002 · Page 11. Retrieved from https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/198287327/
CRJ209 – Criminal Law
Due: by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday of Unit 8
This course is designed to expose you to various aspects of criminal law. It touches on penalties, the elements of certain crimes and possible defenses employed by defendants. The knowledge you will gain in the course and the research you will undertake should yield a final project in which you can conduct a technical analysis and discussion of the crimes committed by criminals, in a designated approved case study.
In this course you will be required to complete a final project in lieu of a final exam, which will have to be submitted during Unit 8 of the course. Stated simply, this project will consist of a case study and analysis of a criminal case of your choice. The case study and analysis focuses on your identification of the crimes, their individual elements and any applicable defenses that could be employed by the defendant in justifying his or her conduct or mitigating the punishment.
For example, look at the following article about a crime which occurred in 2015 at a bank in Tallahassee, Florida. http://www.inquisitr.com/1958455/taxi-rob-bank/
If this were your case, which it cannot be, you would outline the facts and identify the crimes committed. Your paper will include much more information but for demonstration purpose see the following:
On March 26, 2015, in Tallahassee, Florida a man named Stanley Geddie arrived by taxi cab and was drunk during an attempted heist of the Capital City Bank. He failed to pay the cab driver the $25.50 fare for the trip. He walked into the bank and told the cab driver that he would take care of him when he came out. Inside the bank he told the manager that he wanted $100,000 in hundreds, that he had a .357 handgun and was carrying C4 explosives and would “blow the place up” Police arrived to find Geddie highly intoxicated in the manager’s office. He did not cooperate with the officers, was tased and taken into custody.
The possible crimes committed:
1. Larceny- for the failure to pay the cab fare.
2. Robbery- demanding money by force or threatened force.
3. Resisting Arrest- failure to cooperate with the officers.
1. Voluntary Intoxication-defendant willingly consumed intoxicants.
2. Diminished Capacity- the defendant did not grasp the gravity of the situation.
Then, you will list the elements of each crime and demonstrate with in your chosen case how those elements were established. Next, you will also identify any possible defenses available in the case and again demonstrate how you can establish that the defense is viable for the defendant.
Remember, this type of assignment will require research, thought, analysis and the application of the material we will cover in this course.
You will be required to submit a five (5) page minimum (standard size) and a twenty (20) page maximum size 12 font, double spaced document and fully referenced using APA citation style for all source materials. The paper shall be in 12 pt font, Times New Roman, and shall not have been turned in previously to any other instructor. The document must include your name, MOD and course title. You must also have submitted this case in Unit 2 with support and received approval from the instructor to use this case.
NOTE: the title page and citation / bibliography page do NOT count as pages.
You should review the grading rubric before beginning the project, while writing the document and upon completion to ensure you have covered all that is required in your final draft.
Evaluation Rubric for Final Project Assignment
|Elements of Applicable Criminal Law Violations and Defenses||Project simply stated the crimes but failed to identify the elements of the crimes and no qualifying defenses were identified. No critical evaluation.
|Project identified some of the crimes and the respective elements of each crime, and identified and explained some applicable defenses; some critical thinking and analysis are evident.
|Project clearly identifies the crimes and the respective elements of each crime, and identified and explained applicable defenses; critical thinking and analysis are evident.
|Accurate Support||Project contained many inaccuracies or assumptions not supported by law, precedents, or established criminal law.
|Project contained only minor inaccuracies or at least one assumption not supported by law, precedents, or established criminal law.
|Project is accurate, substantive and assumptions are completely supported by applicable law, precedents, or acceptable criminal law.
|Technical Requirements||Some technical requirements were incorporated and/or the case used in the final project was NOT submitted with support and approved by the instructor in Unit 2.
|Most technical requirements were incorporated and the case used in the final project was submitted with support and approved by the instructor in Unit 2.
|All technical requirements were incorporated and the case used in the final project was submitted with support and approved by the instructor in Unit 2.
|Professional Writing and Format||Errors impede professional presentation; guidelines not followed.
|Few errors that do not impede professional presentation, but should have been edited.
|Writing and format is clear, professional, APA compliant, and error free.
|Total Points for Assignment||100 points|
New suspects arrested in famed West Philadelphia massacre
The original suspects served 18 months in jail before new evidence led to their release.
By Emily Sanders 112/05/02 10:00 am
Philadelphia prosecutors announced last week the arrest of four new suspects in the Lex Street massacre — the murders of seven people in a West Philadelphia crack house on December 28, 2000.
The arrests follow the July release of four men originally convicted of the crime
Philadelphia killer gets 7 life sentences
Published: June 23, 2003 at 3:08 PM
PHILADELPHIA, June 23 (UPI) — Shihean Black was sentenced Monday to seven consecutive life sentences without parole for his role in the worst mass murder in Philadelphia’s modern history.
Black repeatedly confessed his role in the killings while four innocent men sat behind bars.
Black pleaded guilty in February to the Dec. 28, 2000, crack house murders in West Philadelphia. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Black was the second man to plead guilty in the case. The Philadelphia Inquirer says in November, Bruce “Snoop” Veney pleaded guilty to seven counts of third-degree murder in exchange for a 15- to 30-year sentence.
Brothers Dawid Faruqi and Khalid Faruqi are jailed awaiting trial.
The four original suspects in the case have filed suit against the city. Lawyers for Sacon Youk, Hezekiah Thomas, Quiante Perrin and Jermel Lewis allege that police ignored evidence clearing their clients, including Black’s multiple confessions in the months after the murders.
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