2016 Thirty-First Annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
The Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society would like to announce the Thirty-First Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Preliminary rounds will begin Thursday, March 31, 2016, and the Competition will conclude with the final round on Saturday, April 2, 2016. This year we are happy to announce that the Honorable Milan D. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Joan Azrack, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department will be presiding over the final round of the Competition.
The Problem for the 2016 Competition has now been sent out. Please click here to view the List of Teams, Tentative Schedule, and Competition Rules, and 2016 Prince Competition Problem.
In this year’s competition, respondent John Creed, an officer of the Boerum City Police Department, was charged and indicted under the federal hate crime statute for allegedly shooting and killing Angelo Ortiz, a man of Italian and Ecuadorean descent, at a pro-immigrants’ rights demonstration in Boerum City. The Government intended to prove its case by relying on three critical pieces of evidence: (1) historical geolocation data tracking Officer Creed’s movements over a sixty-day period that was subpoenaed from his wireless service provider pursuant to the Stored Communications Act, and which demonstrated Creed’s presumed membership in the Brotherhood of the Knights of Boerum, a hate group committed to re-establishing white-Anglo domination of the United States ; (2) an ancient document recovered from the Brotherhood’s meeting place evidencing his long-standing and active membership in the organization; and (3) an unconfronted testimonial dying declaration made by the victim shortly before his death purporting to reveal Officer Creed’s motive in shooting and killing Angelo Ortiz. Respondent Creed moved to suppress the geolocation records and to exclude the ancient document and the victim’s dying declaration. The district court found all three items inadmissible, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Circuit affirmed. The Supreme Court has granted certiorari to resolve these issues that raise complex and important constitutional and evidentiary questions at the intersection of the “new" and the “old."
To view the 2016 Competitors Briefs, click here.
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.
For further questions regarding the Prince Evidence Competition, please contact the Prince Competition Coordinator Julia Mehlman at firstname.lastname@example.org.