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Basic Course for Prosecutors XIII, Volume 2

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386 pages
Prepared for use in New York's prosecutorial training course, ten papers address search and seizure, voir dire, opening statements, questioning witnesses, rules of evidence, expert testimony, sex offense cases, and appellate procedures.
Issues covered under the search and seizure discussion include the exclusionary rule, pretrial motion to suppress, and exceptions to the warrant requirement such as automobile, border, customs, and airport searches. Two papers on voir dire detail processes and procedures and then describe how the process operates in New York. One author emphasizes the opening statement's importance in convincing the jury, while another offers guidelines for both direct and cross-examination of witnesses. A discussion of practical evidentiary problems explores the art of objecting, introducing recorded tapes, introducing business records, the Molineux Doctrine, and boundaries of cross-examination. Other papers focus on proper handling of expert testimony on direct and cross-examination, suggestions regarding appellate practice, handling the police officer witness, and prosecuting sex offenders. Footnotes.