2017 Thirty-Second Annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
The Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society would like to announce the Thirty-Second Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Preliminary rounds will begin Thursday, March 30, 2017, and the Competition will conclude with the final round on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The full 2017 Problem can be found here and the Competition Rules can be found here.
This year’s Prince Competition problem, United States v. Paul Rutherford, focuses on three distinct, complex evidentiary issues, two of which involve the intersection of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the United States Constitution. In the problem, Defendant Paul Rutherford, the Governor of Boerum State, stands indicted for murdering his longtime aide Victor Smith to prevent Smith’s attendance or testimony in an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(a)(1). The Government alleges that the Defendant murdered Smith to prevent Smith from testifying before a grand jury investigating bribery and corruption allegations involving the Defendant as well as to prevent him from disclosing that the Defendant’s computer contained sexually suggestive images of and conversations with teenage girls.
The Defendant moved before the District Court to (1) suppress information seized from his computer; (2) exclude a statement Smith made to his fiancée on the night of his death that he had dinner plans with the Defendant; and (3) exclude opinion testimony by a surrogate medical examiner regarding cause of death that relied upon statements from an autopsy report prepared by a different medical examiner.
The District Court ruled in favor of the Defendant on all three issues. On the Government’s interlocutory appeal, the Fourteenth Circuit affirmed. The Government successfully sought certiorari, and the Supreme Court certified the following three issues:
- Whether the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule announced in United States v. Leon applies to evidence seized pursuant to a search warrant where the probable cause supporting issuance of the warrant has been established with evidence seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
- Whether Federal Rule of Evidence 803(3) permits admission of a statement of a declarant’s then-existing state of mind to prove conduct of someone other than the declarant.
- Whether a criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment right of confrontation under Crawford v. Washington is violated by admitting opinion testimony of a surrogate medical examiner concerning cause of death where that opinion is based on statements in an autopsy report prepared by another, unavailable medical examiner.
2016 Prince Competition Results
The Honorable Milan D. Smith, the Honorable Randall T. Eng, and the Honorable Steven M. Gold, presided over the final round of the Competition, where Stetson University College of Law came in first place. The award for Best Brief went to Stetson University College of Law.
Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
The Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition is named in honor of the late Jerome Prince, renowned evidence scholar, teacher, and author of Prince on Evidence, who served as Dean of Brooklyn Law School from 1953 to 1971.
The competition is hosted in the spring by the Moot Court Honor Society on Brooklyn Law School's campus in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. The Competition provides law students from across the nation the opportunity to write and argue an appellate brief that addresses evidentiary issues in a contemporary context. Each year, Brooklyn Law School and the Moot Court Honor Society are proud to announce distinguished jurists and judges who join to preside over the competition's final round.This year, we are happy to announce the following three judges: Honorable Jay Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Honorable Raymond Lohier, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Honorable Joan Azrack, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
For further questions regarding the Prince Evidence Competition, please contact the Prince Competition Coordinator Katarina Garced at firstname.lastname@example.org.