Federal Investigation and Prosecution PracticumThe seminar introduces students to the major categories of federalcriminal investigations -- public corruption, national security,organized crime, economic crime, drug and firearm offenses, and childexploitation -- to the law enforcement agencies that conduct theseinvestigations, to the techniques they use (e.g. electronicsurveillance, search warrants, and informants) and to the front-lineconstitutional issues at stake. The course then turns to the role of theprosecutor, focusing on the critical strategic decisions made byassistant United States attorneys during grand jury investigations, pleanegotiations, trial, and sentencing. Caselaw and statutory materials aresupplemented by guest lectures and panel discussions that includerepresentatives from the principle federal law enforcement agencies --FBI, ATF, DEA, ICE, and Secret Service -- as well as transcripts fromrecent prosecutions in the Eastern District of Michigan. Students willdraft search warrants and indictments, argue from both the governmentand defense perspective in mock detention and sentencing hearings,negotiate plea agreements, calculate sentencing guidelines, and conductvoir dire, as well as observe first-hand ongoing federal criminal casesin Ann Arbor and Detroit.
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