Below are the answers to the two exercises in week five. Please note that some of these are a bit subjective so your answers might not have matched these perfectly and that is okay. If you have any questions please let me know.
The essence of exercise one was to recognize that although some arguments are compelling, often individuals (or groups) use tactics with the purpose of emotionally distracting from facts. Hopefully, know that you have spent some time recognizing these, you will be able to spot them easier.
The essence of exercise two was to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. According to the text, primary sources are those that are first hand accounts or eyewitnesses, on the other hand a secondary source is one that is based on a primary source but an indirect account (Burger & Youkeles, 2004).
Exercise one taken from page 292-294 (Burger & Youlekes, 2004).
1. The Supreme Court has a greater obligation to protect the rights of victims than those of criminals. B
2. It is clear to every intelligent person that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, protection against cruel and unusual punishment, does not bar the use of victim impact statements. A
3. Victim reforms will destroy the constitutional rights of the accused. B 4. The conservative, prejudiced Supreme Court judges are too stupid to recognize the rights of the accused. C
5. Every decent lawyer believes the harm a victim suffered because of a defendant should be considered when determining punishment. A
6. Victims have absolutely no rights at all. B
7. Everyone agrees that victim reforms are false promises made by legislators seeking to please voters worried about crime. A
8. The victims’ rights movement developed because victims of crime felt they had no rights in the criminal justice system. N
9. Thurgood Marshall, a pro-criminal, bleeding-heart liberal, considers the harm a victim suffered irrelevant in a criminal trial....
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