Ethics of Reading VI, Criminal Cases: Reading Law with Literature

Evidence & Trial

Date: 
Wed, 10/21/2015
Location: 
301 Marx Hall
Audience: 
Public


The seminar will study important legal cases in the field of criminal justice alongside some works of literature that appear to deal with the same issues.  Focus on reading legal opinions, especially concerning: guilty minds and guilty acts, detection, evidence, confessions, punishment.  Attention also to the analysis of narrative and rhetoric in both law and literature.

Readings

Rodney King Trial (video)

U.S. v. Doherty, 473 F.2d 1113

Old Chief v. U.S., 519 U.S. 172

Steven Lubet, Modern Trial Advocacy, excerpt