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All syllabus references are to Kaplan, Weisberg & Binder, Criminal Law ( 4th ed. 2000) . Some of the assignments will be supplemented by assignments in Robinson, Criminal Law Case Studies (2000) ( cited as "Robinson"). There may be supplementary materials provided during the course of the semester as well. In addition, some materials for this course (as well as this syllabus) will be placed on the Internet as part of the West Educational Network. Instructions for signing on to the network can be found at the end of the syllabus.
The casebook makes frequent reference to the Model Penal Code that you can find on pp. 1161 through 1226 of the casebook or 141-175 of Robinson. While the syllabus does not make specific reference to those pages, you need to read the sections of the Code referred to in the text with an eye towards understanding the Code's solution to the various problems presented. While the Code has not been adopted in its entirety anywhere, it has been very influential in both the drafting of various state criminal codes and the interpretation of those codes. You will be expected to understand how the Code proposes to solve the challenge of creating a precise, comprehensive, and effective substantive criminal law. As you will see, this is not a simple undertaking.
This course introduces you to the substantive criminal law. There will be two upper-class courses dealing with criminal procedure: one focuses on the constitutional regulation of police conduct and the other surveys the process followed from arrest through trial.
January 2 Introduction
In Robinson, read the descriptions (but not the materials dealing with the relevant law) for the following cases and fill out the chart (available outside Room 65 CG) indicating the punishment you believe is appropriate:
* Motti Ashkenzai; Canna Baker; Ray Billingslea; Alex Cabarga; Thomas Dudley; John Charles Green; Janice Leidholm; Julio Marrero; DeSean? McCarthy?; Keith Mondello; Larry Eugene Phillips; William James Rummell; Linda Ruschioni; Johann Schlicht; Jordan Weaver; Bernice and Walter Williams; Jospeh B.Wood
January 3 The Criminal Act
January 8 The Criminal Act
136-162; Robinson 28-33 (Canna Baker)
January 9 The Criminal Act
January 10 Punishment
27-29; 33-46; 53-79; Robinson 129-133.(Alex Cabarga)
January 15 Punishment
84-108; Robinson 21-27 (William James Rummell)
January 16 Capital Punishment: 509-518.
Guest Speakers: Steve Bright and William Moore
Room 97, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
January 17 State of Mind
January 22 State of Mind
202 - 223
January 23 State of Mind
January 24 State of Mind
248-273; Robinson 34-54; 62-64.(Julio Marrero; Linda Ruschioni)
January 29 State of Mind
January 30 Causation
289-317; Robinson 65-69.(Joseph B. Wood)
January 31 Causation
331-345; Robinson 55-61( Ray Billingslea)
February 5 Murder
February 6 Voluntary Manslaughter
February 7 Voluntary Manslaughter
February 12 Involuntary Manslaughter
429-450; Robinson 8-13 ( Bernice and Walter Williams)
February 13 Reckless Murder; Felony Murder
February 14 Felony Murder (cont'd)
468-492; Robinson 1-7 ( DeSean? McCarthy?)
February 19 Merger & Capital Punishment
February 20 Capital Punishment
February 21 Capital Punishment
March 5 Rape
March 6 Rape
March 7 Theft
March 12 Mail Fraud, Extortion
March 13 Extortion, Robbery and Burglary
March 14 Self Defense
March 19 Self Defense
581-610; Robinson 110-116 (Janice Leidholm)
March 20 Self Defense
610- 636; Robinson 102-105 (Johann Schlicht)
March 21 Necessity
637 -663; Robinson, 14-20; 106-109) (Thomas Dudley; Motti Ashkenazi).
March 27 Necessity; Duress
663-668; Robinson 97-101( John Charles Green)
March 28 Insanity
March 29 Insanity
April 2 Diminished Capacity
734-747; Robinson 90-96 (Jordan Weaver)
April 3 Attempt
751-772; Robinson 70-77 ( Larry Eugene Phillips)
April 4 Attempt
April 9 Impossibility
April 10 Complicity
April 11 Complicity
April 16 Complicity
871-892; Robinson 82-89 (Keith Mondello)
April 17 Conspiracy 893-924
April 18 Conspiracy,
April 23 Conspiracy
April 24 Conspiracy
April 25 Review
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