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John Rappaport : Courses and Seminars

Evidence
LAWS 41601
(BID, CORE)This course examines the law governing proof of disputed propositions of fact in criminal and civil trials, including relevance, character evidence, the hearsay "rule" and other rules of exclusion, and examination and privileges of witnesses.The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Autumn 2016
John Rappaport
Greenberg Seminar: Wrongful Convictions
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)In recent years, investigative journalists, legal activists, and documentary filmmakers have highlighted the shortcomings of the American criminal justice system by giving wrongful convictions widespread public awareness. In this Greenberg seminar, we will watch documentary films on wrongful convictions and discuss the elements of the criminal justice system that make these mistakes possible. We will specifically explore many of the drivers of wrongful convictions, including racism, prosecutorial misconduct, and the limits of forensic evidence. We will also discuss how wrongful convictions are portrayed in the media and why they gain such widespread public interest.
Autumn 2016
Adam Chilton, John Rappaport
Money and Criminal Justice
LAWS 53367
(BID, SEM)This seminar explores the roles money plays in the criminal justice system. Potential topics include indigent defense funding, for-profit policing, the prison-industrial complex, liability insurance, private prisons and police, federal grants, and bail. Readings will be interdisciplinary. Grades will be based on class participation and reaction papers and/or online posts.
Autumn 2016
John Rappaport
Greenberg Seminar: Wrongful Convictions
LAWS 92000
(A)In recent years, investigative journalists, legal activists, and documentary filmmakers have highlighted the shortcomings of the American criminal justice system by giving wrongful convictions widespread public awareness. In this Greenberg seminar, we will watch documentary films on wrongful convictions and discuss the elements of the criminal justice system that make these mistakes possible. We will specifically explore many of the drivers of wrongful convictions, including racism, prosecutorial misconduct, and the limits of forensic evidence. We will also discuss how wrongful convictions are portrayed in the media and why they gain such widespread public interest.
Spring 2017
Adam Chilton, John Rappaport
Criminal Procedure I: The Investigative Process
LAWS 47201
BID, COREThis course focuses on the law regulating the investigatory process, including searches, seizures, and confessions.The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Winter 2017
John Rappaport
Greenberg Seminar: Wrongful Convictions
LAWS 92000
(A)In recent years, investigative journalists, legal activists, and documentary filmmakers have highlighted the shortcomings of the American criminal justice system by giving wrongful convictions widespread public awareness. In this Greenberg seminar, we will watch documentary films on wrongful convictions and discuss the elements of the criminal justice system that make these mistakes possible. We will specifically explore many of the drivers of wrongful convictions, including racism, prosecutorial misconduct, and the limits of forensic evidence. We will also discuss how wrongful convictions are portrayed in the media and why they gain such widespread public interest.
Winter 2017
Adam Chilton, John Rappaport