Categories: Constitutional Law
Instructor(s) Butler, Louis
Taught 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.