Investigation and Prosecution
In Week 3, you described the operation created and run by Nicky Barnes. For this assignment, you will examine and analyze the investigation and legal tools used to bring Barnes to justice. Provide a 4- to 5-page report in Microsoft Word that addresses the points listed below. Utilize terminology from the course and explain your reasoning wherever possible.
Consider the structure of Barnes’ organization, as you described in Week 3. How did this structure make it difficult for the government to investigate and prosecute Barnes?
How would you characterize the criminal liability of the women who worked in the labs? Should they be considered part of the organized crime enterprise?
What investigative and prosecution tools were used against Nicky Barnes? Would seizing Barnes’ assets (e.g., his house, cars, and labs) have been a better deterrent over the long term?
Explain whether these tools proved to be effective or ineffective? What makes you think so?
If you were the prosecutor in this case, would you have used the RICO Act? Explain why or why not.
What were the defense strategies used in the case?
The Big Picture
Is Barnes’ type of organized crime generally increasing or declining?
How did changes or shifts in the criminal activities of Nicky Barnes compare with broader changes in organized crime documented by the two Presidential Organized Crime Commissions?
How did Barnes’ organization compare with other groups carrying out the same kinds of crimes?
Support your answers with appropriate research, reasoning and examples.
Cite any sources in APA format.
Name your report SU_CRJ3023_W5_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Analyzed and explained how Barnes’ structure made investigation and prosecution difficult.
Analyzed and described the criminal liability of the employees who packaged the heroin.
Analyzed and provided rationale for the utility of asset forfeiture in a case such as Barnes’.
Analyzed and evaluated how well the prosecution’s methods worked, including a well-reasoned opinion regarding the use of the RICO Act.
Analyzed and reviewed options available to Barnes for his defense.
Analyzed and discussed the state of drug-trafficking networks in the context of larger trends in organized crime.
PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO GRADE CRITERIA, APA STYLE is VERY IMPORTANT.