This course will detail the prosecution and defense of federal criminal offenses and related actions. Substantive areas of the Federal Criminal Code covered will include fraud, white collar crimes (such as insider trading, bribery, money laundering, mail and bank fraud, and public corruption), obstruction of the administration of justice (such as perjury, false statements, witness intimidation, and obstruction of justice), civil and criminal forfeiture actions, and complex federal offenses such as conspiracy, RICO and CCE. We will pay particular attention to federal criminal sanctions employed against lawyers, corporate officers, and entities. We will briefly review firearm and terrorism offenses. We will also review the now-advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines and discuss plea bargaining. This course should be useful to the student intending to enter civil or criminal law practice. Your final grade will be based upon a floating essay examination.
Course content does not overlap with Prof. Klein's Adv. Fed. Crim. Pros. seminar, so students may enroll in both.
Prerequisite: Criminal Law I