POLS 4905 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Special Victims Unit, Legal Ethics, Absolute Immunity

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Reflections Part Two
Christine Kim (Yeseol)
3.8.18 (Seth Hawkins)
For this day, our speaker was someone who first went into law enforcement and then
joined the cyber crimes unit. Currently, he works at Homeland Security and he investigates
customs and aliens that try to enter the United States. He investigates what people try to
smuggle in such as counterfeit goods (animals, agricultural goods that are banned in the United
States). He also investigates aspects relating to illegal exports such as people trying to export
commodities that harm the United States or items like missile technology. He investigates child
pornography and human trafficking as well. One of his most memorable cases was when
someone swallowed 120 pellets of a drug and they had to pump his stomach, but all the drugs
inside him were too much and he passed away.
3.15.18 (Spring Break)
3.22.18 (Tracy Cason, Lucas Cowan, Ryan Patrick)
This panel of speakers was very interesting because we had so much to learn from. We
had 3 speakers. Ryan Patrick works at the district attorney and wanted to go to law school
because of his internship at UGA. HE wanted to pursue the career of a lawyer and he started
out as an assistant solicitor. He is now going to become a prosecutor. This really interested me
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because he is similar to me in that he had an internship with the solicitors and wants to pursue
being a lawyer. Lucas wanted to go to law school also because of the internship and is now a
prosecutor in Athens. Tracy is a chief assistant deputy and works within the special crimes unit.
I was most interested in Tracy because of the special victims unit. She talks about investigating
crimes with sexual assault, and also victims of non-sexual crimes.
3.29.18 (Legal Ethics)
The essay states that ethics refers to the study and analysis of what constitutes as a
good or bad conduct. Ethics has to do with as aspect of morals and how people view their
values. For people who work in law such as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges, they
have to deal with the issue of legal ethics of figuring out the best option when there seems to
be no good option. The essay states that there are many issues present such as ensuring that
their clients have competent attorneys, promote public respect for the legal system, and to
prevent witnesses of perjuring.
The difference between the ethics between prosecution and the defense attorney is
that prosecutors do not represent individual clients while defense attorneys do. Prosecutors
work for the government and defense attorneys work for the public indigent defendants.
Prosecutors have absolute immunity which is the complete freedom from civil liability because
they work with the support of the government. All actions are worked with immunity even if
their actions are of bad faith. The article states that prosecutors have specific ethical obligations
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For this day, our speaker was someone who first went into law enforcement and then joined the cyber crimes unit. Currently, he works at homeland security and he investigates customs and aliens that try to enter the united states. He investigates what people try to smuggle in such as counterfeit goods (animals, agricultural goods that are banned in the united. He also investigates aspects relating to illegal exports such as people trying to export commodities that harm the united states or items like missile technology. He investigates child pornography and human trafficking as well. One of his most memorable cases was when someone swallowed 120 pellets of a drug and they had to pump his stomach, but all the drugs inside him were too much and he passed away. This panel of speakers was very interesting because we had so much to learn from.

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