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Criminal Law | Capital Cases
A View from the Bench Common Problems and Best Practices in Capital Cases (Read More Information Before Purchase)
6 Total CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward Ethics
Price: $179.00 (provides online access for 3 months after purchase).
Course №:POD 629
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 6 Hours 5 Minutes
Original Program Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
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All of the credits offered by this course count toward the CLE requirements of Criminal Procedure Rule 801, for appointment as defense counsel in a capital case.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the CLE Board indicates that you can earn all 18 of your capital case credits by distance education. However, for the general Pennsylvania CLE requirement of 12 credits per compliance year, only 4 can be earned by distance education each year. This means that while this course offers more than four capital case credits, at most only 4 credits will count toward your general CLE requirement. (It could be fewer than 4 if you take other distance education courses in the same compliance year.)

This program is offered for the convenience of counsel who need to meet the CLE requirement for capital cases. It is six hours in length but the CLE Board`s distance education rules do not permit us to offer more than 4 CLE credits for a distance education course. Any attorney seeking to handle a capital case in Pennsylvania must have a high level of understanding of how to handle these complicated cases. Judge Renee Hughes has brought together seven of her colleagues to explain to you the problems they see when capital cases are tried. This is an opportunity to find out how best to handle capital cases from the people who hear them. Examine: • Motions o What motions to consider and when they should be utilized • Jury selection o Voir dire – death and life qualifying a jury • Preservation of issues for appellate review • Charges for final instructions and post-trial motions • Change of venue • Security issues • The appropriate role of stand-by counsel in a pro se proceeding • Post-conviction matters • Victim impact • Much, much more Review the special rules for cases in which a death sentence is authorized. Receive a listing of important capital cases that every practitioner who handles capital cases needs to have in their library, as well as helpful forms. Cover issues that arise in pre-trial motions, motions in general, voir dire and other jury issues, penalty phase issues, and post trial. Witness a mock voir dire. Program Schedule: 5 minutes Introductory Remarks 90 minutes Pre-Trial Motions & Motions in General 45 minutes Mock Voir Dire 45 minutes Voir Dire and Other Jury Issues 70 minutes Comments from Administrative Judge James Fitzgerald 90 minutes Penalty Phase Issues 30 minutes Post Trial

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6 Total CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward  Ethics

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Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District Member, Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence, Philadelphia
Hon. James J. Fitzgerald, III, Administrative Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Hon. Jane Cutler Greenspan (Ret.), JAMS, The Resolution Experts, Philadelphia
Hon. C. Darnell Jones, II, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Hon. Benjamin Lerner, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Philadelphia
Hon. Kathryn S. Lewis, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Hon. John J. Poserina, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Hon. Shelley Robins New, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Hon. M. Teresa Sarmina, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, Philadelphia
Hon. David N. Savitt, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Hon. Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, Supervising Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Jude D. Conroy, Esq., Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia
Robin Godfrey, Esq., Chief, PCRA Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia
Elizabeth Graham-Rubin, Esq., Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia
Edward F. McCann, Jr., Esq., Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia
Brian J. McMonagle, Esq., McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak, P.C., Philadelphia
Andrι A. Norwood, Jr., Esq., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
David S. Rudenstein, Esq., Law Office of David S. Rudenstein, Philadelphia
Bernard L. Siegel, Esq., Law Offices of Bernard L. Siegel, Philadelphia

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icon_acrobatRead This About Getting Credit for PBI Podcasts  (1 Page, 21 KB)
icon_acrobatCourse Program (1 Page, 110 KB)
icon_wordCase links that were provided on CD as mentioned by speakers (15 Pages, 137 KB)
icon_acrobatWritten Materials (201 Pages, 1 MB)
icon_acrobatMajor Ethics Rules Changes (Rev. August 2009) (ETHICS COURSES ONLY) (2 Pages, 26 KB)

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"Very good info from seasoned trial Attorneys." (Pittsburgh, PA)
"I really like the distant learning opportunities, and the recent extension to Podcasts. It makes it much easier for busy lawyers, and lawyers that licensed in Pennsylvania but live elsewhere to remain current in their CLE credits." (Sinking Spring, PA)
"An excellent and thorough seminar." (Philadelphia, PA)
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