National Institute for Trial Advocacy

"Constitutionalizing" Your Objections in a Criminal Case

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Brent Newton, author of three NITA books on criminal procedure and an adjunct law professor at Georgetown and American Universities, will explain the importance of defense counsel's "constitutionalizing" objections in a criminal case.

He will address a wide variety of recurring constitutional issues that arise in criminal cases -- including at guilty pleas, at jury trials, and at sentencing -- and how defense counsel should properly raise those issues before a trial court and preserve them for an appeal if necessary. Among the constitutional provisions he will cover are the Confrontation Clause, the Compulsory Process Clause, the Fifth Amendment right to silence, and the Due Process Clause.

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Brent E. Newton

Gaithersburg, MD

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