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 is the deputy staff director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Before working with the Commission, he practiced criminal defense for nearly two decades. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, he represented numerous death row inmates in Texas and Florida. Thereafter, he was an assistant federal public defender in Houston, Texas, where he handled both trials and appeals, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. While serving as a public defender, he also taught several courses as an adjunct professor of law and visiting professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
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