Evidence: Investigation, Rules and Trials, 1st Edition

  • Benjamin H. Frisch
  • ISBN-10: 1418016926  |  ISBN-13: 9781418016920
  • 384 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
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Evidence: Investigation, Rules and Trials shows non-lawyers how evidence is gathered, analyzed in terms of whether or not it is admissible, and then what happens to it at trial and on appeal. A key tool throughout the textbook is a Passim Case involving identity theft. Through this case, the evidence concepts no longer need to be taught in a vacuum. For example, at the evidence gathering stage, students can consider how they might use informal techniques such as a private investigator to gather evidence. They may consider what discovery techniques to utilize and what questions should be asked. In the rules portion of the textbook, they can consider how the rules would apply to evidence from the Passim case. In addition, evidence examples from movies and actual cases that received press coverage are utilized throughout the book. Each chapter will discuss the complex law of evidence in language that non-lawyers can understand, without sacrificing important coverage. This book will be useful to paralegal and criminal justice students, and anyone else who wants to learn the basics of finding evidence and getting it admitted into or excluded from court.

Features and Benefits

  • Uses a Passim Case throughout the text to illustrate evidence concepts in real life.
  • Provides examples from movies, books and newsworthy cases to assist with retention.
  • Case excerpts are provided with a brief explanation of the key point from the case.
  • Weblinks provide opportunities for further study and research.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Study Evidence?
Chapter 2: Importance of Fact Investigation.
Chapter 3: Communication Theory as Applied to Interviews.
Chapter 4: Purpose and Importance Of Discovery.
Chapter 5: Overview of The Court System.
Chapter 6: Introduction - Relevant, Irrelevant and Prejudicial Evidence.
Chapter 7: Hearsay Is Not Admissible.
Chapter 8: Exceptions for When Declarant is Available.
Chapter 9: Why Let Opinion Evidence In?.
Chapter 10: Why Having a Paralegal Organize a File Is Important.
Chapter 11: Trial.
Chapter 12: Conclusion.
Chapter 13: Appendix A Federal Rules of Evidence.
Appendix B Selected Rules of Civil Procedure.
Appendix C Model Standards and Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants.
Appendix D Selected Attorney Ethics Rules


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Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1418016942 | ISBN-13: 9781418016944)

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