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- 12/6/16: The time to ask me questions has now expired. If you asked me a question via email that I never answered, then by all means, feel free to ask me again. If I gave you an answer you don't understand, then feel free to ask for clarification. But otherwise, I'm not available to talk about the course or exam until after everybody has finished the final. Good luck!
- 12/1/16: I will no longer provide regular updates to the class website starting today. Please refer to Canvas for updates going forward. In particular, I am posting answers to questions I have received to Canvas.
- 11/22/16: For the first class after Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, November 29th, I am shortening the assignment slightly, by removing Argersinger v. Hamlin. The new assignment is: 596-608; 707-12; 715-27.
- 11/15/16: I have posted the final exam from Spring 2016 as well as the grading rubric in "Other Class Materials" below. I have also made the top two student answers available on Canvas.
- 11/14/16: I need to modify my office hours for each of the next two weeks. This week, I need to move my Thursday office hours. Because it's getting close to crunch time, I want to make myself as available as possible. So for this week only, my office hours will be:
I'm also happy to meet on Friday by appointment if you can't make the new Thursday hours.
For the following week, Thanksgiving week, I will hold a single office hours:
Tuesday, 11/22, 3:20 - 4:30 PM.
- Wednesday, 11/16, 1:30 - 2:30 PM (the usual times)
- Thursday, 11/17, 3:20 - 4:30 PM
- 11/1/16: I have posted the supplemental reading mentioned in your syllabus for class on Tuesday, November 8th, to the "Supplemental Reading" section below.
- 10/27/16: Because you asked for it, I have posted the marked-up, annotated copy of the midterm I produced, which includes my outlined answer, to the "other class materials" section below. I'm not sure this is helpful to you study, so don't feel guilty if you choose not to look at it!
- 10/26/16: For class on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, I have added as additional supplemental reading, an excerpt from a case decided earlier this summer called Utah v. Strieff. The excerpt is posted in the "Supplemental Reading" section below. Please read this along with the originally assigned pages, 417-37.
- 10/22/16: In "other class materials" below, I have posted three documents related the ungraded midterm you just took: the exam itself, a model answer I wrote, and the grading rubric. You must review all of these documents before our three-hour class this Tuesday. Remember class begins at 9:00 AM. I will permit you to use your laptops during the last hour of class, when we discuss the midterm, so you need not print out all of these materials.
- 10/16/16: I'm sorry I didn't mention this earlier, but because I'll be in California later this week, I unfortunately need to cancel both of my office hours this week. If you had been planning to come talk to me, especially in preparation for your midterm, I'm happy to try to schedule a phone call instead. Just let me know if you'd like to try to schedule that. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10/14/16: I have posted the midterm to the "Assignments" portion of Canvas. As soon as you open the file on your computer, begin timing yourself. You have ninety minutes to complete the exam. The latest possible date and time to submit your completed answer is Friday, October 21st, at 5:00 PM. Good luck!
- 10/6/16: For our next class, on Thursday, October 13th, I have posted a file containing several mandatory readings to the "Supplemental Reading" section below. Note that the materials require you to watch a 16 minute video and read three pieces of newspaper or magazine commentary, which you will find on the web.
- 9/18/16: For our ninth class, on Tuesday, September 27th, I have posted the case Riley v. California, which is assigned in the syllabus, to the "Supplemental Reading" section below.
- 8/31/16: For our fourth class, on Thursday, September 8th, I have posted the Online Surveillance supplement mentioned in your syllabus to the "Supplemental Reading" section below.
- 8/30/16: Posted syllabus.
- 8/15/16: 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 0.95).
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: August 30, 2016: For our first class, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from Chapter 1 of the casebook, read pages 1-19. Pages 1-12 (Participants in the Criminal Justice System and Stages of the Criminal Justice Process) are primarily for background purposes, and we won't spend much time discussing them in class.
- Second Class: September 1, 2016: For our second class, on September 1, 2016, read "Key Provisions of the Bill of Rights" on pages 19-20 and also pages 31-38 and 49-59 of the casebook. (Katz, Oliver, and Dunn; Skip Jones for later).
- Class 19, Tue, November 8: Supplemental reading: Excerpt from opinion in People v. Thomas (N.Y. Ct. App. 2014).
- Class 17, Tue, November 1: Excerpt from Utah v. Strieff (ms word) (pdf).
- Class 13, Thu, October 13: Reading on Deadly Force, (ms word) (pdf).
- The last page of this reader links to three newspaper/magazine pieces you are also required to read. Here are hyperlinks to those three articles to make it a little easier to access: first, second, and third.
- Class 9, Tue, September 27: Excerpt from Riley v. California (ms word) (pdf)
- Class 4: Thu, September 8: Online Surveillance supplement (ms word) (pdf)
Other Class Materials
Here are materials relating to the ungraded midterm from this semester:
For those interested in past exams or practice exams for this class:
- Here are materials relating to the Spring 2016 exam for this class. Note that this exam was a six hour take home with a word limit:
- Here is an exam I gave in a similar class in 2008.. I do not have a rubric for this exam.
- 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..
- 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.