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A View from the Bench Common Problems and Best Practices in Capital Cases (NO CREDIT)
Price: $99.00 (provides online access for 3 months after purchase).
Course №:POD 629N
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 6 Hours 5 Minutes
Original Program Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
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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
    • What motions to consider and when they should be utilized
  • Jury selection
    • 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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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, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 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
André 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_acrobatThis is a NON-credit course. (Read more) (1 Page, 36 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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