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January 18, 2005

99 Problems But CrimPro Ain't One

This is how Prof CrimPro started class last week: He kicked off the semester by saying that many people are highly critical of our criminal justice system, then he said we were going to watch a short powerpoint presentation and listen to what some of those critics have to say about the system. The next thing we knew, NWA “F#@$ tha Police” (I'm trying to be family-friendly here; lyrics) was thumping through the classroom of over 100 students, while the lyrics scrolled in foot-tall letters on the projection screen at the front of the room. This was followed by: So now you see why I got 99 problems but CrimPro ain't one. I'm gonna love that class. I'm going to have trouble keeping on top of the reading, but I'm still gonna love that class. I actually have some great classes this semester . . . . At least it seems that way after the first week. I'm knocking on digital wood, but in this moment I'm feeling like I might actually enjoy this semester if I can just learn to be fully functional on 5 hours of sleep each night instead of 7 or 8. Oh, and if I could stop reading blogs. Is there a 12-step program for that?* All right. I better read me some CrimPro now or one of my 99 problems is going to be you know what. *It was actually blawg that reminded me to post this story. I've been meaning to post it since it happened last Tuesday, but I've been swamped and crazy and putting it off for some reason, but Blonde Justice just posted the track list of a mix CD she just made and it included a track that triggered this memory and I figured there was no time like the present.

Posted January 18, 2005 06:38 AM | 2L

Wow... that is going to be a great class. :)

Posted by: -Dave! at January 18, 2005 10:34 AM

I guess you don't want to post the name of your CrimPro prof, but is there any chance that he's an intimidating former-prosecutor who only uses socratic, and occasionally wears Prada shoes?

Posted by: 1L at January 18, 2005 07:41 PM

that sounds like a great crim pro class!

Posted by: blonde justice at January 18, 2005 08:27 PM

Damn, and I thought I enjoyed my Crim Pro class!

Posted by: Beanie at January 18, 2005 09:39 PM

1L: yeah, you got him. Very snappy dresser. He scares 1Ls to death (I had him for CrimLaw my first semester of law school). He's a great professor, though. Today he kept using this hypo about Justice O'Connor hanging out with Ludadris in Rock Creek Park (the big forest/park in the middle of D.C.), asking whether the two of them should have a reasonable expectation of privacy (for 4th Amend. purposes) in the park.

He also used Ludacris in an example about how you might demonstrate your subjective expection of/desire for privacy. Scenario: Ludacris builds a big house in Atlanta and he surrounds it with three 9-foot high fences topped with razor wire, with "no trespassing" signs every five feet, lots of vicious dobermans running around, and a recording broadcast loudly every five minutes with the chorus to ludacris' song that goes "move bitch, get out tha way!" So would this demonstrate Ludacris' subjective expectation of privacy such that any search of his property inside those fences w/out a warrant would be a violation of the 4th Amend? Nope. No expectation of privacy in "open fields." But hey, it was a fun hypo, anyway.

I'll try to remember to share Prof CrimPro's best scenarios w/you all. They promise to be both fun *and* educational, and what could be better than that?

Posted by: ambimb at January 18, 2005 10:19 PM


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