by Bruce G. Berner
Judicial opinions are a wonderful tool to introduce students to certain principles embedded in the evidence rules, but the problem method of learning is a more efficient way for student to not only comprehend the purposes of the rule, but also to gain confidence in working with those rules.
Evidence Problems presents a set of problems designed primarily as supplementary material for an introductory course in Evidence. These problems allow the first-time evidence student to gain a working knowledge of how the rules work in connection with a set of recurring trial situations. Some problems are designed to be used after a lecture or a discussion of casebook, rulebook, or textbook material. Other problems are designed to cement a student’s understanding of the purpose and operation of a given rule of evidence. Evidence Problems also presents review problems for students to work through on their own.
Evidence Problems can also be used to help trial advocacy or trial practice students review the rules.
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Three days before his death, Kenneth Fletcher was found unconscious on the floor of Gene Bloodworth’s condo. Bloodworth claims that Fletcher broke into his home and had a knife. Bloodworth also claims he was defending himself when he struck Fletcher and knocked him out. Fletcher claimed that he and Bloodworth had been drinking together that night and that Bloodworth invited him to his condo and then attacked him.
Three days after the incident at Bloodworth’s condo, Fletcher was found dead. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Bloodworth was charged with first degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. He contends that he was acting in self-defense and that Fletcher’s alcoholism contributed to his death.
There are four witnesses for both sides, including forensic pathologist experts. This criminal case file is designed to be used as a full trial.
With the benefit of more than twenty-three years of trial observation and juror feedback, Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. distills his thoughts on how to master the fundamentals of trial advocacy, develop advanced skills, and win arguments before judges and juries.
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The extensive practice commentaries given for each objection will help you understand the application of the Federal Rules of Evidence in practice and enable you to deal with the common issues that arise.
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