Evidence: Text, Cases, and Problems / Edition 5

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With an emphasis on clear, descriptive and policy-oriented text and a wide range of well-developed, realistic problems, Evidence: Text, Problems, and Cases engages students with fundamental principles and cutting edge issues. Careful chapter organization leads students through basic interpretation of the Rules through its underlying policy to a valuable reflection on theory and practice. “Key Points” reinforce understanding while the full text of Rules of Evidence provides reference. An opening transcript from a real criminal case show how evidence is admitted and how it is excluded from trial. A flexible chapter on trial practice can be studied alone or in tandem with the trial transcript.

The Fifth Edition welcomes new co-author Michael S. Pardo, executive board member of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Evidence and author of significant articles on evidence and legal theory. Redrafted Federal Rules of Evidence have been incorporated as well as substantial new material on the Confrontation Clause. Throughout the text, new and revised problems span a range of difficulty, from most basic principles of the Rules to more challenging policy issues.

Hallmark features of Evidence: Text, Problems, and Cases

Clear and concise text

• methodically develops student understanding
• encourages in-depth exploration of problems and class discussion

Careful chapter organization leads students through

• basic interpretation of the Rules
• elaboration of underlying policy
• reflection on theory and practice

"Key Points" reinforce students' understanding

Text Rules of Evidence for easy reference

Realistic problems explore the depth and complexity of the Rules of Evidence

Opening transcript from a real criminal law case

• illustrates how evidence is admitted and excluded

Flexible chapter on the trial process

• teach alone or in tandem with trial transcript

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition presents:

New expert co-author Michael S. Pardo

• member of the executive board of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Evidence
• author of significant articles on evidence and legal theory

Incorporates redrafted Federal Rules of Evidence

Important new material on the Confrontation Clause

New and revised problems

• wide range of difficult
• teach basic principles as well as challenging policy issues

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735596405
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 963
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents

Chapter 1. The Case of People v. Johnson (Transcript)

Chapter 2. The Process of Proof: How Trials Are Structured

Chapter 3. Relevancy, Probative Value, and the Rule 403 Dangers

Chapter 4. Laying the Foundation for Proof

Chapter 5. The Character, Propensity, AND Specific Act Rules

Chapter 6. The Other Relevance Rules

Chapter 7. The Impeachment and Rehabilitation of Witnesses

Chapter 8. The Hearsay Rule

Chapter 9. Lay Opinions and Expert Witnesses

Chapter 10. The Process of Proof in Civil and Criminal Cases: Burdens of Proof, Judicial Summary and Comment, and Presumptions

Chapter 11. Judicial Notice

Chapter 12. Privileges

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