Sidebar        Evidence Moot Court Team finishes first at Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition

The Moritz College of Law’s Evidence Moot Court Team brought home the first place trophy from the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition.

2L Lydia Bolander Reback, 3L Shane Wiegerig, and 2L John Bullock faced 31 other teams who traveled to Brooklyn for the competition last month. Reback won Best Oralist in the final round, which was argued before two federal appeals court judges and a federal district court judge.

The Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition is hosted by Brooklyn Law School and is in its 32nd year. This year’s problem, United States v. Paul Rutherford, focused on three distinct, complex evidentiary issues, two of which involved the intersection of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the United States Constitution. In the problem, Defendant Paul Rutherford, the Governor of Boerum State, was 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 alleged 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 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.