Evidence, Criminal Law
This course will introduce the most commonly-charged white collar and financial crimes and the process of bringing these crimes to court. Many of the class sessions will be taught by practicing attorneys or criminal investigators.
The current edition of Arizona Criminal Law and Rules. You should have it with you in class every day. (The Arizona criminal code is also available on line at:
At the first class the students will be divided into four groups, which will be the basis for future assignments. Each student will be called on to discuss one of the assigned readings at each class.
There are six pieces of written work for this class. Week 3, each group will determine the possible penalties for their assigned indictment and write up their conclusions in no more than 1 page. The Case Evaluation, handed out on Week 4, and due Week 8, will require each student to evaluate a package of case-related documents, including police reports and transcripts. Based upon this material each student will write an indictment and case charging approval form, explaining why the course of action is warranted and other avenues were rejected. In Week 6, each group will create a plea agreement for the group’s assigned indictment. Week 7, a Sentencing Exercise is done by each group. It will require a comparison of potential sentencing of a white collar defendant between Arizona and one of four other states. On Week 11, the groups will be required to put together a settlement agreement for their respective clients in the Ethics Scenario. The Legal Advice Memo, handed out in Week 11 and due by the last day of exams, will require legal analysis of a problem in white collar crime under Arizona or federal law as assigned. There is no page limit, but the document is expected to be at least 3 pages.
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Class participation and written projects.
Attendance and participation required.