1/6/20-1/8/20 Criminal Law Agenda

1/6/20

LIVIDITY

The term lividity refers to an unnatural color of the skin. Lividity can be a useful reaction in determining the position of a body at the time of death and even whether a body was moved within the first few hours after death.

RIGIDITY

Spasticity means a state of being spasm which in turn mean a sudden, violent, involuntary muscular contraction; of hypertonicity. Rigidity meaning stiffness or inflexibility.

Work in groups to fill out chart:

Dr. Wolpert Dr. Jackson
CREDENTIALS

 

 

 

 

METHOD OF EXAMINATION AND HOW APPLIES HERE (THE SCIENCE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.O.D.

 

CREDENTIALS

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHOD OF EXAMINATION AND HOW APPLIES HERE (THE SCIENCE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.O.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/7/20

Share out chart.  Go over as a class.

1/8/20

Pre-Trial Argument

Motion to suppress

A motion to suppress evidence is a request by a defendant that the judge exclude certain evidence from trial. The defense often makes this motion well in advance of trial—if the defendant wins it, the prosecution or judge may have to dismiss the case. Whether dismissal is appropriate depends on how important the evidence is to the prosecution’s case. 

Motions to suppress evidence are most common in Fourth Amendment, search-and-seizure cases.

Example:  Wallace and Poot are walking down the street. They aren’t behaving suspiciously, and the police don’t have any reason to suspect that they’ve recently committed a crime. Nevertheless, Officers Carver and Haulk pull up alongside them in a car. They order Wallace and Poot to stop, then jump out of the car and frisk both. Officer Carver finds an “eight-ball” of cocaine in Wallace’s jacket pocket. The prosecution charges Wallace with drug possession. Wallace’s lawyer files a motion to suppress the cocaine evidence. The judge grants the motion due to the fact that the officers didn’t have reasonable suspicion for the detention of Wallace and Poot, nor any basis to search them. Since the prosecution can’t prove the crime without the evidence, it moves to dismiss charges; the judge grants the motion.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution places limits on the power of the police to make arrests, search people and their property, and seize objects and contraband (such as illegal drugs or weapons). These limits are the bedrock of search-and-seizure law.

 

12/9/19 – 12/20/19 Criminal Law Agenda

12/18/19-12/20/19

Presentations.

12/17/19

20 minutes to work on slides.

Begin presentations.

12/16/19

Work on group Google Slide project re: witnesses.

12/13/19

Complete Det. Eisenberg’s testimony

12/12/19

Assign Det. Eisenberg’s testimony in parts.  Distribute to groups who present and type in their notes on the projector.

12/11/19

Start and complete Casey’s testimony.

12/10/19

Complete Desi’s testimony and move onto Casey’s.

Save expert witnesses until last.  Do in tandem.

Save Bailey until right before the expert witnesses.

Casey

Det. E

Quinn

Val

Bailey

Dr. J

Dr. W

 

12/9/19

DISCOVERY!

Gathering all the evidence and sifting through it to find what is relevant AND admissible

Go through Desi’s witness statement together paragraph by paragraph.  It is extremely dense with information.

Take thorough notes.  Identify HS as we go.  Left off on page 25 line 15.

12/5/19-12/6/19 Criminal Law

12/6/19

Hand back opening statements

Get out 5 sentence summaries

Come up with 5 movie titles that you would use to illustrate who you should be rooting for

Turn and share with group. Pick the one you like best out of your list of five.

Send one person from your group to write all the top titles on the board

Choose top 5 out of 20 or so titles

Put stars next to favorites

Choose the one you would like best.  This is the first statement out of your mouth when addressing the jury.

12/5/19

I have printed out an “Objections Worksheet” for the class to work on.  I need one turned in per person by the end of the period. The students should use their objections notes in their notebooks to better answer the question.  The answer should be phrased in objection form. For example: “Objection, your honor. This question is _____ because _____.”