Criminal Matters: Evidence, Detection, and Expertise

Spg 2011


Phyllis Kayten

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Crime Statistics Resources

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Current Events, Hot Topics and Debate Issues

  • Facts on File: good overview of events, Issues and Controversies on Hot Topics, like treatment of detainees; Human Rights; Healthcare Reform; Separation of Church and State in US; Gun Control; International Criminal Court; Civil Liberties on War on Terror; Right to Die; Detainees' Rights, etc.
  • The debatabase book [electronic resource] : a must-have guide for successful debate
  • Publications for National Debaters: Finding Both Sides of an Issue

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  • Official site of the Supreme Court of the U.S.:Provides general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices, architectural details, and press releases. Includes a search engine for finding documents.
  • Supreme Court Collection : Search this site for U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Includes an archive of decisions going back to 1990 (searchable by topic, justice, and party), highlights of the present term, a glossary, Supreme Court rules, and more. From the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School.
  • Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Case Summaries, Oral Arguments & Multimedia: The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.