review the two cases below and prepare a position paper that contains your concise and structured opinion of the decisions made in each case. The midterm should be a minimum of 2-3 pages, not including cover page and resources.
Court cases and their decisions establish a basis for the future. For these assignments, you will prepare a position paper that contains your concise and structured opinion of the decisions made in each case. The Midterm Position Paper will be submitted in Module Four. The Final Position Paper will be submitted in Module Seven.
Your paper should have an introduction, body, and conclusion.
• Introduction (of your main element)
o State your thesis (topic and opinion you have chosen)
o Introduce main points of argument
• Body (Support for your position, containing evidence and examples)
o Summarize the opposing viewpoint
o Address all sides of the issue
o Detail your position on the issue
o Include evidence for key points that support your position
• Conclusion (Closing statement)
o Restate your thesis
o Summation of key points
The purpose of a position paper is to identify an issue, your position, and rationale for that position in order to convince your audience that your opinion is valid. Refer to this helpful resource for writing an effective position paper.Your paper should include:
• Objective views for and against your position—not a descriptive or opinion paper! (analysis)
• Statements that define the major issue as well as arguments and counterarguments that support your position (background). Include information on the major points of the cases (differences and similarities), who the victims were, which victim state or federal rights were crucial in these cases, victim services that were involved, and any related crime theory and victim typology.
• Premise and thesis. Your paper should have a premise on which you have based your thesis. Personal statement written in third person (per APA) concerning the position and the issue (e.g., Abraham Lincoln’s premise was that all people are created equal; his thesis that slavery ought to be abolished) (Thesis and position)
• Statement of the importance of the issue to society (real-world). What were the implications of these court decisions on society as a whole?
Midterm Position Paper: For Module Four, you will review the two cases below and prepare a position paper that contains your concise and structured opinion of the decisions made in each case. The midterm should be a minimum of 2-3 pages, not including cover page and resources.This submission will be graded with the Position Paper Rubric.
REGINALD MEEKS, Petitioner-Appellant, vs. DAVID MCKUNE, et al., Respondent.
Case No. 09-3133
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
607 F. Supp. 2d 1235; 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30846
April 9, 2009, Decided
April 9, 2009, Filed
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff – Appellee, versus CONRAD DOMINIC POOLE, Defendant – Appellant.
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
241 Fed. Appx. 153; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 18114
April 18, 2007, Submitted
July 30, 2007, Decided
Final Position Paper: In Module Seven, you will submit your final position paper. For this paper, you will be required to identify a case that relates to a topic or issue covered in this course and prepare a position paper. Reach out to your instructor if you have any questions when identifying a case.Your paper should be a minimum of 3-4 pages, not including cover page and resources.It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course.
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