SECTION 1 - COLQUITT
NOTE: This index serves as an access to a collection of miscellaneous materials.
LINKS: Underlined file names are "links." Simply "click" on any link with your left mouse button and the listed file will appear on your computer screen. You then have three options: Read the material on-line, save it to disk, or print it.
AMERICA'S SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A reasonably accurate description of the criminal justice system. Although the report was released thirty years ago, its description of the criminal justice system remains accurate enough to provide us with the materials from which we will launch our study of the system.
The Death Penalty Laws of Alabama
This excerpt from a law review article published in 1981 gives an account of the fast-paced litigation over the death penalty during the 1970s. It also describes Alabama's two death penalty schemes (1975 and 1981) which were enacted in attempts to meet the dictates of the United States Supreme Court as announced in Furman v. Georgia and its progeny. Although some portions of the article certainly are no longer current, this excerpt quickly and succinctly provides us with information pertinent to our studies. Moreover, the article continues to be cited by Alabama's appellate courts as authority in capital punishment cases.
Jury Instruction - Parsons v. State - Insanity
This file contains the jury instruction on insanity widely used by judges in Alabama from the late 1800s to 1977. It was based on the Parsons case, a leading Alabama appellate decision that added the volition test to M'Naghten's cognitive test. If you do not understand these terms, simply wait for our indepth study of the "insanity" defense.
Ala. Pattern Jury Instr. - Crim. § 13A-3-1 (1989)
This file contains a brief, currently used pattern jury instruction that reminds the jury of the fact that the plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect is to be considered separately from the general plea of not guilty. It also instructs - albeit incompletely - the jury on the burden of proof.
Jury Instruction - Homicide
This file contains a version of the homicide instruction used by judges for many years. It informed the jury of the various categories of homicide much as the existed at common law. Although no longer used, the charge will be helpful to our study of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Justices and Past Justices - The Gallery
This page contains photographs of some of those Justices and former Justices of the United States Supreme Court who have authored one or more lead or dissenting opinions used in the Criminal Law course. We continue the search for photographs of other justices. Except for the Chief Justice, the Justices appear in alphabetical order.
A number of the great, memorable movies connected in some way to the law are listed in this file. You should enjoy viewing any of these movies. Each of them is a classic. In addition, a few perhaps not-so-great, but entertaining movies are included. This file recently has been significantly modified, greatly expanded, and updated. S & E would give it "two thumbs up!" During the Summer, 1999, I noticed that some links no longer work as various information providers change their sites. I am in the process of updating links and information, but the movies remain the same.
This file contains some of the most recent information about the numbers of incarcerated individuals in America's prisons and jails. It also includes important demographic data.
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Alabama State Bar
This is the official website of the Alabama State Bar. The site offers plenty of valuable information and worthwhile links. For example, it includes links to many international, national and state legal organizations and other state bar associations.
American Bar Association
The American Bar Association is "the world's largest voluntary professional organization." Its website contains a vast amount of information of interest to attorneys, judges and law students.
American Judicature Society
The AJS is an independent, nonprofit, national organization composed of judges, attorneys and other members of the public. The AJS offers educational programs, publications and research related to the courts.
JURIST: Law Professors on the Web
JURIST links law professors and students to the online publications of law professors around the world. By visiting this site, you can peruse the homepages, online articles, resource pages, course pages and many other online publications covering a wide range of legal topics.
United States Federal Judiciary
This site, maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts serves as a clearinghouse for information about the federal judiciary.
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