2018 Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

2018 Thirty-Third Annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition


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The Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society would like to announce the Thirty-Third Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Preliminary rounds will begin Thursday, March 15, 2018 and the Competition will conclude with the final round on Saturday, March 17, 2018. We are happy to announce that the 2018 panel of final round judges will be Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York; Roger Gregory, Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; and Barbara D. Underwood, Solicitor General, New York State Office of Attorney General. The complete 2018 Problem can be found here.

This year’s Prince Competition problem, United States v. Victoria Spector, focuses on three distinct, complex evidentiary issues. In the problem, Defendant Victoria Spector has been charged in an indictment with conspiring to provide, and providing, material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. Spector is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank Plaza, the United States division of the National Bank of Remsen. The nation of Remsen was formed in 1952. It is located in an unstable part of the world, where governments and borders are frequently in flux. Spector, a citizen of Remsen, is accused of using her position to divert funds purported to be donations to legitimate, Remsen-based charities to a terrorist group based in Remsen and known as DRB. The group’s name loosely translates to “preserve our heritage.”

Defendant brought three pre-trial motions in limine in the District Court. First, because the interpreter present when Defendant was interviewed by federal agents is unavailable to testify at trial, Defendant moved to exclude translated statements attributed to Defendant on the ground that she would not have the opportunity to cross-examine the interpreter. Second, in light of the widespread dissemination of a recording of testimony compelled from her by agents of her native country, Defendant moved to require the Government to establish, at a Kastigar hearing, an independent source for all evidence it intended to offer against her at trial. Third, Defendant moved to exclude evidence that she remained silent when an arresting officer made accusatory statements to her after she was placed under arrest but before she received Miranda warnings.

The District Court granted all three motions. After conducting a Kastigar hearing, the District Court precluded the Government from offering any evidence it developed after the recording of Defendant’s compelled testimony was publicly released. The Government now appeals the District Court’s rulings on the following issues:

  1. Whether a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to confrontation under Crawford v. Washington is violated by admitting an interpreter’s translation into English of statements made by a defendant in a foreign language without permitting the defendant to cross-examine the interpreter.
  2. Whether the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition against the use or derivative use of a defendant’s compelled testimony in a criminal trial applies when the testimony was compelled by a foreign sovereign and released to the public, without the United States’ involvement, in the midst of the United States’ investigation.
  3. Whether a defendant’s Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination is violated by admitting, as substantive evidence of guilt in the Government’s case-in-chief, evidence that the defendant remained silent when accused of criminal conduct, while the defendant was in custody but before the defendant received Miranda warnings."

The 2018 Prince Competition Rules, Competition Problem, Answers to the Prince Record Clarification Questions, and Competition Tentative Schedule are now available.

A block of rooms are available at a special, discounted rate for 2018 Prince Competition Teams at the Brooklyn Sheraton, located at 228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. To book a room for the Competition, please click here.


2017 Prince Competition Results
The Honorable Jay Bybee, the Honorable Raymond Lohier, and the Honorable Joan Azrack presided over the final round of the Competition, where Ohio State University Moritz College of Law came in first place. The award for Best Brief went to Southwestern School 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.

Contact Information
For further questions regarding the Prince Evidence Competition, please contact the Prince Competition Coordinator Meredith Cohen at prince.competition@brooklaw.edu.

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Documents from Past Prince Competitions
2017 Final Prince Record
2017 Best Brief
2016 Final Prince Record
2016 Best Brief
2015 Final Prince Record
2014 Final Prince Record
2013 Final Prince Record
2012 Final Prince Record
2012 Best Brief
2011 Final Prince Record
2010 Final Prince Record
2009 Best Brief

News about Past Prince Competitions
Read more about the 2016 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2015 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2014 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2013 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2012 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2011 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2010 Prince Competition.
Read more about the 2009 Prince Competition.