The Honorable James A. Yates
Concentrates on evolving techniques for prosecuting organized crime; complex schemes to defraud; environmental crimes; official corruption; and money-laundering. Explains the basic substantive law in the area, including conspiracy, mail fraud, and the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). Also examines associated problems of mass litigation: joinder (multiple defendants and multiple crimes); motions to sever; specialized evidentiary problems that arise in such prosecutions (in particular, hearsay and opinion evidence), and double jeopardy issues. Surveys current use and limits of forfeiture actions brought in conjunction with criminal prosecutions. Students may register for this course without having taken Evidence.
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (CRI110) is not a prerequisite, but it is advisable for students to be familiar with rules regarding joinder, severance, and hearsay.