To recap, the law of criminal procedure is about what the police can and cannot do. We've seen with searches and interrogations that when they break the rules, we don't let them use the evidence they got. But how does it work with eyewitness identifications? Do we preclude testimony about bad pre-trial ID procedures? Will we let the witness point out the defendant at trial anyway?

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  1. Tim says

    I still want CivPro next, but if you won’t help me with my finals… How about “the exceptions to hearsay” soon?

    • How soon do you need it? This section started thirteen and a half months ago. If you need it by mid December, you’re out of luck if he started that chapter today. If you need it by mid May, you’re probably still out of luck even if he started that chapter today.

    • Sorry, but before I get to the stuff only lawyers really need to know about (civ pro, post-charge crim pro, etc.) I want to cover the topics that the rest of us might come across (individual rights, torts, etc.) Hearsay will be fun, though, when we get to it. I’ll probably cover evidence before civ pro. People at least see it (albeit mangled) on TV and in movies a lot.

        • I hear you. But explaining things isn’t really their job.

          In law school, the cases give you lots of pieces of the puzzle. Some fit, some don’t. The professor’s job is to guide you towards a general way of looking at it so you can see how they fit together, and piece together what the rule is, why it is that way, and (if it’s a very good professor) how it might change. But the work must all be done by you. They’re not going to spoon-feed you the rule, you have to learn to think it through yourself.

          My goal here is the opposite: giving it to you all at once (to the extent I can). With the fewest words possible, I want to lay out what the rule is, why it is that way, and how it works and doesn’t work, and preferably in a way that makes it easy to remember.

          Law school has a very different purpose to its pedagogy — it’s not just about instructing you on the facts. That’s why it has such a different teaching style and its books are so unlike any other discipline.

          That said, I’m really glad you like the comic, and I hope it helps!

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