2017 Chicago Bar
Chicago
Members: Holden Bennon, Rachel Lydon, & Karl Johnston
Coaches: Daniel Galindo & Keith Yetter
Description of Issues:
An aspiring local rap artist, activist, and founder of an LGBT organization, was arrested for possession of cocaine during a pride parade and was later convicted. During her trial, rap lyrics were admitted as evidence of specific intent to distribute despite a motion in limine to exclude them.  During voir dire, the prosecution used its peremptory challenge to strike a juror who had accessed services from an LGBT organization and who voiced his support of the Supreme Court case invalidating DOMA.  The juror also indicated he was gay.  The defense raised a Batson challenge, arguing that the prosecution struck him based on his sexual orientation and that it was impermissible in the same way that gender and race may not be used as the reason to strike a juror.
 
The issues on appeal are as follows: 
 
1. Whether the Thirteenth Circuit properly found that the District Court was correct in finding the rap lyrics were admissible under Fed. R. Evid. 404(b) but that the District Court erred in denying the motion in limine under Fed. R. Evid. 403, and if so, whether the error was harmless.
 
2. Whether the Thirteenth Circuit properly held that the Batson test applies to peremptory strikes based on sexual orientation and, that the defendants established purposeful discrimination.
Scheduling Contact: Daniel Galindo (galindo@uchastings.edu)
Document(s): Email Daniel Galindo for the bench memo.
DATE AND TIME ROOM JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE
Wed. October 25
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Madeline Landry
Thu. October 26
12:00PM - 2:00PM 404 (100 Mcallister)
Fri. October 27
1:30PM - 3:30PM E
Sat. October 28
9:30AM - 11:30AM D
12:00PM - 2:00PM MCR
Mon. October 30
7:00PM - 9:00PM J
Tue. October 31
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Simi Bhat Fiona
Wed. November 1
7:00PM - 9:00PM C
Thu. November 2
12:00PM - 2:00PM J
Fri. November 3
1:30PM - 3:30PM MCR
Sun. November 5
9:30AM - 11:30AM MCR
12:00PM - 2:00PM MCR
Mon. November 6
7:00PM - 9:00PM K
Tue. November 7
7:00PM - 9:00PM H
Thu. November 9
12:00PM - 2:00PM G
7:00PM - 9:00PM K
Sat. November 11
9:30AM - 11:30AM C
9:30AM - 11:30AM C
Sun. November 12
1:00PM - 3:00PM E
Mon. November 13
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR