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LAWS 4460 Prosecutorial Ethics (Fall: 2 or 3 )


Course Description

This course addresses constraints on prosecutorial power in the United States criminal justice system. Students will study constitutional constraints on prosecutorial discretion under the 5th and 6th Amendment, and particular Model Rules of Professional Conduct that limit or curtail prosecutorial conduct during the investigation and prosecution of crime. Particular topics addressed will include the prosecutor’s conduct before the grand jury, charging decisions, plea bargaining, disclosure of exculpatory evidence, trial conduct, contacting and interviewing witnesses, and relations with the media. For additional 1 credit students may write a 15 page research paper on a topic to be agreed upon with professor. There will be an in-class examination.


Instructor(s): R. Michael Cassidy

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 05-Apr-18