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PART I:

DECIDING WHAT BEHAVIOR TO CRIMINALIZE

CHAPTER 1

CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY:

THEFT -- OR GOOD LUCK?

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

What is the difference between a crime and bad behavior?

Consider the dangers of smoking to the smoker and the entire society. Are there behaviors which are less dangerous to individuals and society which are illegal? Consider what would happen if smoking was criminalized.

What would happen if all bad behaviors were crimes?

Do you think what James Rogers did should be considered a crime? Why or why not?

When Charles Newton appealed his decision, there was a difference of opinion among the justices. Which justices do you believe were right? Why?

Do you think what Brian Wrzesinsky did should be considered a crime? Why or why not?

Choose two of the three cases discussed in this chapter. Compare and contrast the wrongs committed. Decide which was worse, and why.

Can juries ever be 100% sure about the facts? Why or why not?

What is the difference between a trial court and a court of appeal?

Do you think it is enough for a majority of jurors or justices to believe a person should be found guilty, or do you think there should be a unanimous decision before a person can be convicted of a crime? Why or why not?

What main point, or argument, is the author making in this chapter?

How does the author support her points or arguments?

How well does the author support her points or arguments?

Analyze in detail how an author's ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text.

 

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

Here is the text for the federal bank robbery statute, 18 USCS section 2113. Subdivision (b) is the portion applicable to the case of James Rogers.

Consider how laws are passed. Can you think of any reasons banks might have special laws with special definitions of theft? Should banks be treated differently than other businesses? Why or why not?