Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tulane's Curriculum Cited by Supreme Court

In the recent Supreme Court case Connick v. Thompson, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office conceded that in prosecuting Thompson for attempted armed robbery, prosecutors violated Brady v. Maryland, 373 U. S. 83, by failing to disclose a crime lab report.

In her dissent, Justice Ginsberg noted her displeasure with the training a prosecutor had received at Tulane University Law School:

On what basis can one be confident that law schools acquaint students with prosecutors’ unique obligation under Brady? Whittaker told the jury he did not recall covering Brady in his criminal procedure class in law school. Tr. 335. Dubelier’s alma mater, like most other law faculties, does not make criminal procedure a required course.21

—————— 21See Tulane University Law School, Curriculum, (select “Academics”; select “Curriculum”) (as visited Mar.21, 2011, and in Clerk of Court’s case file).

Connick v. Thompson, 563 U. S. ____ (2011), at 29

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