This class will follow the progression of a federal criminal case from investigation through trial. The first half of the semester, students will learn how cases start at the United States Attorney's office, the procedure they follow in District Court from arraignment until trial with an emphasis on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence. The second half of the semester the students will be divided into two groups (prosecution and defense) and the students will learn trial practice skills related to the various stages of a case. The instructors are the most senior (non-supervisory) Trial Attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego and an Assistant United States Attorney. Each has tried numerous federal felony jury trials to verdict in district court.
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