Criminal Trial Preparation and Presentation for Criminal Justice Professionals

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A comprehensive and accessible textbook for a one semester course on criminal case preparation and evidence presentation, this timely volume provides a complete understanding of the necessary skills and techniques required of a successful prosecutor. Analyzing proven methods, it discusses gathering and organizing evidence, preparing witnesses to testify, and assembling exhibits prior to trial to assure a logical and persuasive presentation to establish proof beyond a reasonable ...

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Overview

A comprehensive and accessible textbook for a one semester course on criminal case preparation and evidence presentation, this timely volume provides a complete understanding of the necessary skills and techniques required of a successful prosecutor. Analyzing proven methods, it discusses gathering and organizing evidence, preparing witnesses to testify, and assembling exhibits prior to trial to assure a logical and persuasive presentation to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439871591
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2013
  • Pages: 375

Table of Contents

The Foundations of a Successful Prosecution
Facts, Not Opinions Rules of Evidence and Procedure Developing Sufficient and Persuasive Case Theories Case Analysis Thinking Through Defense Theories Understanding the Jury Instructions Ethical Obligations for Investigators and Prosecutors
Major Steps in the Investigation
Nature of Criminal Investigations Investigative Techniques Interviewing Grand Jury Subpoenas and Testimony
Investigative Procedures Required for Admissibility of Evidence
Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Identification of the Offender Description and Identification Compelling the Defendant to Furnish Evidence
Investigative Report Writing
Components of an Investigative Report Organization Accurate Case Documentation Facts Inferences and Conclusory Language Conciseness Focus on Trial
Confessions and Witness Statements
Fifth Amendment Documenting Witness Statements
Handling Informants and Accomplices
Witness Control Leniency and Immunity Issues Witness Credibility
Physical Evidence and the Chain of Custody
Scientific Analysis by the Laboratory Recent Supreme Court Cases
Preparing for Trial
Discovery Brady, Giglio, the Jencks Act, and Rule 16
Task List Delegation of Duties Focus on Essentials Know Your Judge
Rules of Evidence
Direct and Cross Examination Hearsay Impeachment
Admissibility of Electronic Evidence
Types of Electronic Evidence Foundations for Electronic Evidence Special Considerations with Electronic Evidence
Organizing Exhibits and Witness Testimony
Marshalling the Evidence Exhibits Demonstrative Evidence Effective Trial Notebooks and Workbooks
Testifying at a Motion to Suppress Evidence Hearing
Purpose of Motion to Suppress Procedure Impact on Trial Presentation
Testifying before a Judge and a Jury
Courtroom Procedures Courtroom Demeanor and Attire Testifying during Direct Examination Testifying about Qualifications, Experience, and Training Handling Exhibits Testifying During Cross Examination Defense Counsel Courtroom Tactics Testifying during Redirect Examination Professionalism
Presentation of Evidence in Complex Prosecutions
Major Case Management Visual Aids Audio Tapes and Transcripts
Use of Technology at Trial
Electronic Courtroom Digital Evidence Creating Link Analysis and Timelines Electronic Bates Stamp Investigative File Inventory

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