Court cases and their decisions establish a basis many times for the future. For this assignment, you will review the two cases involved (see information below) and prepare a position paper that contains your concise and structured opinion of the decisions made in each case.
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. You 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?
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
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
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