Discussion - Week 2

Discussion - Week 2 - 1 Choose a state that interests you...

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1. Choose a state that interests you, your residence, your home, your future home or your dream home. Find that state’s Rules of Evidence. You can usually find these online (Google: “ (STATE) Rules of Evidence”) or at a local library. See if the terms “relevant” and “admissible” and “material” are defined. If so, copy the definitions. I choose Utah because it is where I live: Rule 401. Definition of "relevant evidence." "Relevant evidence" means evidence having any tendency to make the existence of any fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action more probable or less probable than it would be without the evidence. Rule 402. Relevant evidence generally admissible; irrelevant evidence inadmissible. All relevant evidence is admissible, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the state of Utah, statute, or by these rules, or by other rules applicable in courts of this state. Evidence which is not relevant is not admissible. 2. Choose a recent notorious criminal trial, either local or nationally, and examine the media reports of the trial. List some of the evidence admitted in the trial. Indicate whether you believe that the evidence is either direct or circumstantial and why. Key evidence and testimony in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, with explanations of how the prosecution has used it against Simpson, and how the defense has challenged it. I believe the evidence is direct. Crime scene blood: Blood drops were found alongside bloody shoe prints leading away from the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman; blood was found on a gate at the back of the murder scene condominium; blood from both places contained Simpson's genetic markers. Simpson had a cut on his left middle finger when interviewed by police the day after the killings. Prosecution : one of the most important parts of the case, claiming it placed Simpson at the crime scene; said Simpson dripped blood after wounding his finger with a knife during the murders; said scientific controls and testing by different labs thwarted any possibility of contamination or tampering. Defense
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course CJ 313 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Park.

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