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CRJU: Criminal Law Online

A course guide of open education resources for faculty teaching Criminal Law.

Overview and Objectives

Module Overview

In this module, we study crimes against the nation, crimes against the state, and crimes against the administration of justice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Identify the act and intent requirements to prove crimes against the government (treason, sabatoge, espionage, and sedition).
  2. Explain the acts constituting obstruction of justice, bribery, and perjury.
  3. Distinguish the various forms of contempt (direct vs. indirect, criminal vs. civil, judicial vs. legislative).

Case Examples

Police Chief Guilty Of Perjury. Cops will always protect each other, because they all know they are all criminals.

Attorney Arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Perjury in Court. Attorney David Dunn was arrested and charged today for conspiracy to commit perjury in a murder case where he was representing the defendant.

Contempt of court: judge vs attorney. What are your thoughts on this lawyer's actions in court?  Is this zealous advocacy or contempt of court?