FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
PROFILING, BOLSTERING, VOUCHING, AND MORE: WINNABLE TRIAL OBJECTIONS TO PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT
CJA Panel Training
Thursday January 13, 2022


 

The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) provides for the appointment of counsel in criminal cases to persons who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a). In the Southern District of Texas, in cases where the Federal Public Defender has not been appointed to represent a defendant who is entitled to the assistance of appointed counsel, individual defense attorneys are chosen from a federal panel. The Federal Public Defender is charged with assuring that members of the CJA panel are familiar with federal criminal practice.

 

This presentation will assist federal criminal defense practitioners with identifying various types of prosecutorial misconduct at trial. Drawing from recent cases, the presentation will cover frequently recurring issues, including misusing experts or agents to elicit profile testimony, abusing the nonhearsay purpose of “explaining the investigation,” improperly commenting on the accused’s right to silence, bolstering a witness’s credibility, and vouching for the credibility of the prosecution itself. The presentation will also address hurdles that practitioners may face on appeal.

 

AGENDA

12:00-1:00

PROFILING, BOLSTERING, VOUCHING, AND MORE: WINNABLE TRIAL OBJECTIONS TO PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT
Kathryn Shephard, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Houston TX

(1.0) CLE Hrs.

 

The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved this seminar for 1.0 hours of CLE credit (Course No. 174143608). There is no cost for participants or for those attorneys wishing to apply for the CLE credit. If you have any questions, contact Dora Madrigal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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This seminar is for attorneys eligible or seeking to become eligible to take CJA appointments.