Ineffective assistance by criminal defense counsel

Courtroom Participants’ Professional Standards

Research the Internet and locate at least one real-life example of each of the following:

• Prosecutorial misconduct • Ineffective assistance by criminal defense counsel • Judicial misconduct

Select and complete one of the following assignments:

Option 1: Paper Option 2: Presentation Option 3: News Article

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you summarize each example and address the following questions:

• What did the prosecutor do wrong? How does immunity protect the prosecutor from the consequences of his or her misconduct?

• What did the criminal defense attorney do wrong? What is the Strickland v. Washington standard? Refer to Ch. 10 of Courts and Criminal Justice in America. How do the performance prong and the prejudice prong of the Strickland standard apply to the example?

• What did the judge do wrong? Which judicial selection option—either appointment, election, or merit—would help to reduce instances of judicial misconduct?

• How does the misconduct or ineffectiveness of these courtroom participants reflect or thwart the crime control model of criminal justice? How does the misconduct or ineffectiveness of these courtroom participants reflect or thwart the due process model of criminal justice?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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