You have studied the role of political theories in the development of the American legal system. You have also explored features of the U.S. legal system, including its history, procedures, and institutions. In order to understand the U.S. legal system, it is helpful to explore an actual legal issue.
This Assignment has two parts:
- There seems to be no question that motorcycle helmets are an important safety precaution that prevent death and injury. However, some argue that it violates the very nature of liberty for government to prosecute victimless crimes and prohibit actions that are merely bad habits or vice. Read the following articles and then write a 1–2-page argument, supported by political theory, as to whether it is an appropriate role of government for your state to have a law requiring people to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. U.S. Department of Transportation Campaign Safe and Sober. (1996, October). Motorcycle helmets: The facts of life. Retrieved from http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/NoMigrate/Mcfol2.pdf. Vance, L. M. (2010, May 21). Every crime needs a victim. Campaign for Liberty. Retrieved from https://www.lewrockwell.com/2010/05/laurence-m-vance/if-its-a-crime-it-has-a-victim/
- If your state chose to prosecute someone for not wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle, then how would the case work through the court system from trial court to the highest appellate court? Write a 1-page description of how the case would progress from the trial court to the highest appellate court in your state. Be sure to briefly describe each level of court, and cite to the webpage for each level of court in your state.
In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the Assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:
- Length should be 2–3 pages, excluding cover page and references page.
- Double spaced and 12-point font.
- Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained.
- Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
- Writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful.
- Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
- Appropriate citation style should be followed.