This seminar will examine the investigation and prosecution of violent gangs, focusing on gaining an understanding of how prosecutors attack complex criminal activity and engage in strategic problem-solving, sometimes expanding the bounds of the criminal law. During the first two-thirds of the semester, students will examine and discuss: definitions of "gangs" and "gang activity," the traditional array of legal tools available to prosecute violent crimes (such as state and federal gun, murder, and assault statutes), the application of nontraditional legal tools to the prosecution of gang activity, and the rationale for and benefits of the prosecution of gang members as a group rather than as individuals. The students will also consider how the availability of various law enforcement tools and resources tend to shape a prosecutor's response to gang activity. In the final third of the semester, the students will consider case studies and participate in exercises in which the tools and strategies previously studied will be applied to real-world situations.
Section Offerings for 2012-13
|L9167-001||13S||Topics in Criminal Prosecution and Defense|
|B. Rosenberg ...||M 6:20 PM-8:10 PM||WNHL 304|
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