Textbook : Criminal Law Today
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Fourth Edition, 2010
Frank Schmalleger and Daniel E. Hall, with John J. Dolatowski
Begin each written assignment by identifying the question number you are answering followed by
the actual question itself (in bold type).
• Use a standard essay format for responses to all questions (i.e. an introduction, middle
paragraphs and conclusion).
• Responses must be submitted as a MS Word Document only, typed double-spaced, using a
standard font (i.e. Times New Roman) and 12 point type size.
1.What is the historical basis of the ex post facto and bill of attainder provisions, and why would
they have application in today’s legal system?
2.Discuss the requirements of self-defense according to the text and explain what they mean
(good faith belief, imminent danger, threat of harm, proportionate use of force to repel attack).
3.How does a Constitutional Amendment that provides for the right to keep and bear arms render
state laws which restrict that right as invalid? What limitations may a state impose on the sale,
purchase, possession, use, or carrying of a firearm that do not violate the Second Amendment?
4.After reading the case of Lawrence v. Texas, compare and contrast that with the court’s opinion
in McLaughlin v. Florida, 379 U.S. 184 (1964).
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