Categories: Criminal Law
Course Page for Spring 2015 - Kempinen, Ben
Introductory survey of the criminal justice process with emphasis on appropriate controls on the discretion of system actors (a) trial judge - sentencing, (b) police - arrest or cite, (c) prosecution - the charging decision, and (d) allocation of decision-making authority between defendant and defense counsel. Students examine how human discretion rather than statutes or rules dominate the various systems which comprise the criminal justice process.
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Course Page for Spring 2015 - LaVigne, Michele
This section of Criminal Procedure is for students who do not necessarily see themselves practicing criminal law. We will of course cover the essentials of criminal procedure: policing, prosecutorial discretion and obligations, the defense function, role of the trial court judge, motions practice - particularly motions grounded in the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments, plea bargaining, the trial process, victims' rights, and sentencing. But we will approach these subjects from the perspective that while not everybody wants to practice criminal law, every lawyer needs to understand how criminal law operates and why. Guest speakers will include practitioners from various segments of the criminal justice system. Grades will be based on a short paper and a final exam.