Criminal Law
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12/19/2018
When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT
Where: UNL College of Law
1875 N 42nd St
Lincoln, Nebraska  68503
United States


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NE MCLE Accreditation • 3 CLE / 1 ethics hour • Regular/live #167462 • Distance Learning # 167461
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This 3-hours session will address three criminal law issues relevant to those who practice criminal law: bond, discovery and closing arguments.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm    Any Bailable Defendant Shall Be Ordered Released From Custody…Bond in Nebraska’s Criminal Courts
Nationwide, any discussion regarding criminal justice reform includes a discussion about bail reform. Indeed, the Nebraska Legislature recently passed legislation intended to improve the cash bail system in Nebraska. This session will discuss the impact of that legislation as seen every day in the prosecutors’ bond requests, the defenses’ objections and the judges’ orders.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm    BREAK

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm    Your Honor, the State Hasn’t Provided Me Copies of the Police Reports Yet…Discovery Obligations of the State in Nebraska Criminal Cases
Discovery in criminal cases is statutory. Additionally, the State has an obligation under Brady v. Maryland to provide evidence that would negate the defendant’s guilt, reduce the crime or lessen the defendant’s punishment. This session covers the when and what items the State is required to provide. And what they’ll most likely provide regardless of statutory requirement.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm    BREAK

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Crossing the Ethical Line: Twenty Years of Closing Arguments in Criminal Cases and Things Better Left Unsaid
In criminal appeals, an increasing number of prosecutorial misconduct claims are based upon statements made by prosecutors during closing arguments. During this session, we’ll discuss many of such cases that have arisen in the past twenty years and highlight some of the more significant cases. This session will also discuss what a lawyer can and cannot say during closing arguments, including when a lawyer crosses the “ethical line” by using recent Nebraska cases and Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct.

Steve Schmidt, Associate Professor, Courtesy Associate Professor of Forensic Science, University of Nebraska College of Law