904 SP Con Law: 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments - §004, Fall 2010

Categories: Constitutional Law

Instructor(s) Butler, Louis

by a former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, this class will look at the
constitutional underpinnings of criminal procedure, with a focus on the Fourth,
Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution.  Topics
covered will include a detailed look at confession law, right to counsel
issues, guilty, no contest and Alford pleas, motion practice tied to
constitutional issues (including eyewitness identification questions, arrests,
search and seizure, double jeopardy, discovery, and public and speedy trial
issues), jury trials (including the right to present a defense, the
confrontation clause and its evolution, and compulsory process), jury trial
waivers, and appeal rights.  Class size will be limited to 15 students,
with grading based on a research paper with a topic selected by the student and
approved by the instructor (20 pgs. for three credits, with an outline and
draft submitted for those who want to satisfy the legal writing requirement)
and classroom participation.  This class will satisfy the Constitutional
Law II requirement. 

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