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- 5/9/16: The deadline for asking me questions in preparation for the final exam has now passed. If you asked me a question that I never answered, feel free to re-ask. But otherwise, no more questions, please. Good luck!
- 5/7/16: I have posted audio recordings from today's review session. The link is available in a recent announcement on the Canvas page for this class.
- 5/5/16: Here are the instructions for the final exam. These are subject to change, so please re-read the instructions at the start of the exam. Also, please be sure to send me questions you would like me to answer at this Saturday's review session.
- 4/21/16: A few final exam review dates, as discussed today in class:
- Review Session: Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 AM - Noon, Room 206. (Submit questions in advance.)
- Question cut-off: Monday, May 9th, 8:30 AM.
- 4/10/16: For class on Tuesday, April 19th (three classes from now), I am adding three pages to the assignment. The new assignment is to read the unbroken block of pages from 550 to 572 (in other words, don't skip 562-64 as the syllabus indicates. in other other words, read Michigan v. Mosley too.)
- 4/5/16: Posted a short additional reading for class on Thursday, 4/7/16. Read this in addition to the pages assigned in your syllabus.
- 4/4/16: I have posted information about past exams below, in "Other Class Materials."
- 3/21/16: I have posted the supplemental reading for our class on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
- 3/7/16: I have posted the reading for our class on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Two comments about this reading: (1) You do not need to read the two excerpts from the DOJ Reports as closely as you do most materials for this class. (2) You are required to view a 15 minute video from Scott v. Harris at this link (which is also included in the reader.)
- 2/22/16: I have posted an updated syllabus listing all reading for the rest of the semester below and in the Files section of Canvas. I will bring hard copies to our class on 2/23. Please note that both of the readings for next week (3/1 and 3/3) have changed.
- 2/19/16: I have posted the supplemental reading for our three-hour class on Thursday, February 25th.
- 2/12/16: Office Hours: On Monday, 2/15, from 10 - 11 AM, I'll once again hold my office hours using Zoom. See Canvas for the URL. On Wednesday, 2/17, my office hours are canceled.
- 2/3/16: For class on Tuesday, February 9th, I have modified the assignment. The new assignment is: pages 94-116. You should also skim Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41. There is no additional handout, contra what your syllabus says.
- 1/28/16: As discussed this morning in class, here are a few notes for next week:
- 1. My Office Hours on Monday, February 1st, are canceled.
- 2. For class on Tuesday, February 2nd, read the pages originally assigned on your syllabus for January 28th: 77-81; 84-89; and the Online Surveillance supplement. You may bring your laptop for the second hour of this class, when we will go over some online surveillance concepts.
- 3. We are meeting on Thursday, February 4th, contrary to what your syllabus says, to make up for our snow day. On February 4th, read the pages originally assigned on your syllabus for February 2nd: 38-49; 81-84; and the Location Tracking Supplement (update: now posted below).
- 1/26/16: I won't be able to make it in to office hours on Wednesday, 1/27. I will, however, log in to Zoom between 10-11am in case anybody wants to visit me in "virtual" office hours. Sorry for the continued hassle. See the latest Canvas announcement for the Zoom URL.
- 1/25/16, 11PM: The Law Center just announced it will be closed on Tuesday, 1/26. Criminal Justice is canceled. We won't be meeting using an online substitute. On Thursday, 1/28, we will discuss the material assigned for Tuesday, and only that material. Also on Thursday, the ordinary procedures for the pass list, excused absences, and recording policy will be back in effect.
- 1/25/16: Plan for Tuesday, 1/26: I'm assuming the Law Center will be open Tuesday and I hope to be there by 10:00 AM for our next class. Here are my plans, as they currently stand:
In short, thank you for being flexible Tuesday! Best of luck, and see you soon.
- 1. Assuming Georgetown announces the Law Center will be open: I will try my best to get there by 10:00 AM. My first two modes of transportation (car or bus) won't work for me Tuesday morning, so I'll be trying to figure out Plan C or D. If it looks like I won't be able to make it, I'll try to let you all know as early as possible, and apologies in advance.
Because I can hardly blame you for having trouble preparing or getting to school, I will excuse any absences and won't count passes against you (but please do tell me you need an absence or pass in advance, if you can). I will also make Tuesday's recording available to anybody, regardless of whether you attend.
- 2. If Georgetown announces the Law Center won't be open: I will not be using an online substitute (Zoom) for this class, at least not at this time. If the Law Center is closed, our class will be canceled.
- 1/24/16: No office hours on Monday, 1/25. If you need anything, please send me an email.
- 1/16/16: Posted Syllabus, laptop policy, and supplemental reading for classes 3 and 4.
- 12/29/15: Posted class website and first two assignments. All class announcements will be posted both here and on the class Canvas page. You are responsible for checking one of these two sources before every class.
Class syllabus: pdf (Version 0.96) (update distributed 2/23).
No laptops or electronic recording devices may be used in the classroom. The only exception is that up to three designated note takers may volunteer for each class meeting to take notes on their laptops but only if they each agree to share those notes in their entirety via Canvas with other members of the class. If additional accommodations are necessary, please contact the Dean of Students Office.
The required text for the class is Erwin Chemerinsky and Laurie L. Levenson, Criminal Procedure: Investigation (2d Edition) ISBN: 978-1454807131 (Amazon). You must have the second edition.
Readings for First Two Classes
- First Class: January 19, 2016: For our first class, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, read Chapter 1 of the casebook, pages 1-30.
- Second Class: January 21, 2016: For our second class, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, read pages 31-38 and 49-59 of the casebook. (Katz, Oliver, and Dunn; Skip Jones for later).
- Class 19, Thu, April 7: Supplemental reading: Excerpt from opinion in People v. Thomas (N.Y. Ct. App. 20140.
- Class 17, Thu, March 31: Supplemental Reading: Exceptions to the Exclusionary Rule (pdf).
- Class 13, Thu, March 17: Course Materials on Use of Deadly Force (pdf).
- Class 9, Thu, February 25: Excerpt from Riley v. California (ms word) (pdf)
- Class 5: Thu, February 4: Cell-Site Location Information supplement (ms word) (pdf)
- Class 4: Tue, February 2: Online Surveillance supplement (ms word) (pdf)
- Class 3: Thu, January 28: Florida v. Jardines (ms word) (pdf)
Other Class Materials
For those interested in past exams or practice exams for this class:
- Here is an exam I gave in a similar class in 2008. Unfortunately, I can't seem to locate the answer to this exam, but I will continue to try do to so, so check back here for updates.
- I teach a class in Computer Crime. On the class website for the last time I taught this class, I include links to three past exams with answers, in the "Other Class Materials" section. Each of these exams contains at least one question focused on the Fourth Amendment and surveillance, so you might find it useful to see how these questions are constructed and graded. I'd say that more than 50% of the coverage for the class differs from what you have learned in this class, so do not read too much into these questions. At least one of the three exams contains a policy question, once again to give you a feel for how I tend to construct them..
- As I've said in class a few times, I have reviewed exams written by other GULC faculty, and I think David Cole and Julie O'Sullivan tend to write questions similar to the kind I am likely to write this year. If I identify specific questions that I find particularly similar, I will post that information here.