Criminal Procedure - Anderson


Course Title

Criminal Procedure



First Assignment

Criminal Procedure 790 

Summer 2013 

Professor Anderson 


Required Text: 

 Dressler and Thomas, Criminal Procedure: Investigating Crime, 5th edition, West Publishing (2013): ISBN 978-0-314-27951-4. 


 Fair Warning: 

 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. 

Week One                                                                                

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. 



First Assignment: 


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.