Criminal Procedure 790
Dressler and Thomas, Criminal Procedure: Investigating Crime, 5th edition, West Publishing (2013): ISBN 978-0-314-27951-4.
The summer Criminal Procedure class is an intensive course. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for seven weeks. This means we cover the same amount of material as a “normal” Crim Pro class in half the time. It is a blistering pace, requiring a week’s worth of reading per class session. We will also have four 90-minute exams during the semester, including an exam during the second class period. Here is an excerpt from the course syllabus:
Date Topic Assignment
Dressler & Thomas, 5th ed.
Tuesday, May 21 IV Amendment Overview
The Text and Reach of the IVA 64-67
Passing the IV A Threshold 86-147
What is a “Search”?
Thursday, May 23 Review of “search”
Exam on “search” (10%)
You have alternatives, however. In the fall, there are two sections currently scheduled: a day section and an evening section. The day section meets in 80-minute classes twice per week for 14 weeks. The evening section meets for a 3-hour class once per week for 14 weeks.
Please choose your Crim Pro course wisely.
Read what has been assigned for Tuesday, May 21st. But do more than that. Understand how each case—including each case relied on in the primary cases and each case in the notes following the primary cases—contributes to the overall understanding of the rule.
Your first assignment, then, is to understand what constitutes a “search” under the Fourth Amendment.