After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
LO1. Examine the historical reason(s) why America's rules of evidence are more restrictive than those established by other countries.
LO2. Trace the development of the exclusionary rule and understand its application today and the exclusions to it.
LO3. Determine why evidence rules are constantly evolving and differentiate between the rules relating to the burden of the prosecution and the burden of proof placed on the defense in a criminal case.
LO4. Interpret and evaluate evidence that is unconstitutionally obtained and examine the effectiveness of the exclusionary rule as a result.
LO5. Examine procedures of introducing evidence and the roles of those in the court room with regard to presenting, challenging, and evaluating evidence and distinguish between judicial notice of facts and judicial notice of law.
LO6. Identify relevancy and materiality issues; examine the reasons for privileged communications; differentiate between expert testimony and non-expert testimony, or lay testimony; interpret hearsay evidence and the hearsay rule; and evaluate documentary evidence.
LO7. Examine the general rules relating to the results of examinations and tests and identify specific rules in Federal Rules of Evidence for United States Courts and Magistrates.