Federal Criminal Law – 3 Credits
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 the bases of federal criminal jurisdiction, 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, and witness intimidation), civil and criminal forfeiture 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 review the now-advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines and discuss plea bargaining. We may cover firearm and terrorism offenses, depending upon student interest. This course should be useful to the student intending to enter civil or criminal law practice. Your final grade will be based primarily upon a floating essay examination, and in part upon a series of in-class oral projects.
Course content does not significantly overlap with Professors Brown & Klein’s Advanced Federal Criminal Prosecution Seminar, so students may enroll in both.