Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

CDC reunion at CO Public Defender Conference

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Prosecution Notes from Jury Selection and Batson Objections

(CDC Fall 2011) writes: I recently did a presentation for some fellow public defenders about the legal principles set forth in and its progeny, and re-learned, when reading the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in , how important it is to move the trial court to (a) consider the prosecution's notes related to jury selection when ruling on a objection; and (b) make those prosecution's notes part of the record for appellate purposes. As a reminder, in , SCOTUS reversed the Georgia Supreme Court and … [Read more...]

Southern Center for Human Rights hiring for death penalty attorney position

The Southern Center for Human Rights is currently accepting applications for a new death penalty attorney.  Attorneys at all stages of their career, including 3Ls with criminal defense experience, are invited to apply. The deadline to apply is Sunday August 28, 2016. The job description and application requirements are available . … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Brian Johnson (Fall 2011)

Because I am a recovering procrastinator, I have had the benefit of reading everyone’s reflection before writing my own (great work fellas, as usual). There seems to be a theme of hard work, learning as we go, and camaraderie. This is all very true, but more on that later. As I prepare to walk out of this clinic, the main emotion that hits me is depression. This clinic has opened my eyes to how truly broken the system is. It’s not as if I wasn’t aware of the problem before I walked into the … [Read more...]

Wanted: A True Advocate – Edward Johnson (Fall 2011)

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Dear Mom – Sarah Varty (Fall 2011)

Dear Mom, Hi! How are things in the Burg? I am doing well…trying not to get too stressed. I am studying a lot and trying to convince Phil that we should get a Great Dane. Anyway, I am writing you this letter because I want you to know that I have discovered what I am called to do in this life! I know that we will disagree about who has called for me to do this thing but that is another letter. Let’s just say that this calling has become so clear and strong that I cannot imagine doing … [Read more...]