Evidence Resource Pages

The Evidence Resource Pages provide background and links to key materials on important and developing evidence issues. For more information, visit the Resource Pages below (by clicking on a link or photo):

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Federal Jury Instructions Resource Page

  • Highlighting the key role of jury instructions on evidence issues
  • Includes model civil and criminal jury instructions by circuit where available
  • Includes subject-area jury instructions (trademark, securities law, criminal tax, labor and employment, patent, use of electronic evidence, and more)
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Key Evidence Cases

  • Highlighting noteworthy United States Supreme Court cases involving the Federal Rules of Evidence or other questions of evidence
  • Links to many recent cases

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Corporate Prosecution Principles Resource Page

  • Providing a library of key materials concerning criminal and civil enforcement issues involving corporations and other business organizations
  • Includes materials from the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, congressional hearings, Government Accountability Office, and more
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FRE Restyling Resource Page

  • Summarizes and provides information concerning the FRE restyling amendment which became effective December 1, 2011.
  • Includes advisory committee record on rule restyling options.
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FRE 502 Resource Page

  • Legislative and other background materials on FRE 502 (Attorney-Client Privilege And Work-Product Doctrine), which was enacted by Congress and became effective on September 19, 2008
  • Links to selected recent cases applying FRE 502
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FRE Legislative History Overview Resource Page

  • Providing a table summary of the legislative history for the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE), from 1973 (when the uniform rules were first submitted to the Congress) to the present
  • Links to many key legislative materials

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Cameras In Courtroom Resource Page

  • Providing a library of key materials concerning the issue of whether cameras and other electronic devices should be permitted in federal civil proceedings and under what circumstances.
  • Links to many federal judicial and legislative materials

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Williams v. Illinois Resource Page

  • Providing background and key links on the pending Confrontation Clause case before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Certiorari review was granted on July 28, 2011; argument was heard on December 6, 2011
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Michigan v. Bryant Resource Page

  • Providing background and key links on the Confrontation Clause issued on February 28, 2011
  • In a 6 to 2 decision, the Court applied the standard to determine whether "the circumstances of the interaction between [the victim] ... and the police objectively indicate that the 'primary purpose of the interrogation' was 'to enable police assistance to meet an ongoing emergency.'" Michigan v. Bryant, 562 U.S. _, 131 S.Ct. 1143 (2011).

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Bullcoming v. New Mexico Resource Page

  • Providing background and key links on the Confrontation Clause decided on June 23, 2011
  • in a 5 to 4 opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court held that under the Confrontation Clause, the surrogate testimony of a second forensic analyst, who did not observe or review the original blood alcohol content results, was inadmissible. Bullcoming v. Mew Mexico, 564 U.S. __, 131 S.Ct. 2705 (2011).

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Melendez-Diaz Resource Page

  • Background and key links on the significant Confrontation Clause case issued on June 25, 2009
  • In a 5 to 4 opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court held that certificates of forensic analysis are "testimonial" and "the Sixth Amendment does not permit the prosecution to prove its case via ex parte out-of-court affidavits." Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 U.S. __, 129 S. Ct. 2527, 2542 (2009)
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