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Webinar On-Demand - Batson, A New Perspective

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Originally Recorded May 31st 2017

1 MCLE Hour

$50 for CACJ Members • $75 for Non-Members

Batson/Wheeler claims are a critically important feature of criminal litigation -- they are one of the few opportunities defense attorneys have to directly confront the discrimination that infects so many aspects of the criminal justice system. (and conveniently for some, you often do not need to get into the facts of the crime to win) Yet Batson/Wheeler violations are rarely called out by trial or appellate courts. Defense attorneys should not be part of that problem! This online webinar will provide tips on how to raise and frame Batson/Wheeler motions, how to make out a good record at the trial level, and how to present arguments that may surprise and confound your opponents. We discuss some of the recent cases which have (and may still further) impact the legal playing field governing claims of discrimination during jury selection. We will also explore novel strategies for digging deep into the evidence (and to create new evidence) which will help demonstrate that the taint of invidious stereotyping has impacted your case.

Presented by Elias Batchelder, Esq.

Elias Batchelder currently works for the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) in Oakland, representing prisoners on California's death row in their direct appeals to the California Supreme Court. Both at OSPD and as a former attorney at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, he has also represented California inmates in capital and non-capital habeas proceedings. Mr. Batchelder has worked extensively on amicus briefing and impact litigation, including the administrative attacks on California's lethal injection protocols and on Chapter 154 of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. He serves on the board of governors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and has taught seminars on the death penalty at UC Berkeley Law School and UC Hastings, College of Law.

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