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Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems

Front Cover - Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems

Christopher B. Mueller

Laird C. Kirkpatrick 

Liesa L. Richter


2018. 1,050 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-9968-6. With Teacher's Manual. 

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About the Book

  • Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems is one of the most widely-adopted Evidence casebooks ever published. Structured around the Federal Rules of Evidence, the book contains carefully edited cases and secondary materials, as well as numerous problems that allow students to apply concepts during classroom exercises or on their own. Text boxes provide interesting background on select cases and additional perspectives on key issues. 

    The Ninth Edition has been updated to include the most recent Evidence cases and developments, as well as insights into recent and pending amendments to the Federal Rules. It has been streamlined by shortening or eliminating some notes, making it even more user-friendly. It contains applications of evidence law to factual scenarios that students are likely to find particularly interesting.


    New to the Ninth Edition:

    • Discussion of recent influential cases, including the Supreme Court’s decisions in Ohio v. Clark and Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, as well as the most contemporary federal circuit and trial court decisions
    • New problems exploring issues on Rule 404(b) evidence, Rule 410 protections for plea bargaining statements, the Rule 606(b) ban on postverdict juror testimony, demonstrative aids, and attorney-client privilege
    • New Comment/Perspective boxes on issues of “corporate character evidence” and the use of handwriting experts to authenticate writings after Daubert
    • Discussion of recent amendments to the Federal Rules, such as the amendment to the Rule 803(16) Ancient Documents hearsay exception, as well as discussion of the pending proposal to amend the Rule 807 Residual exception to the hearsay rule

    Professors and students will benefit from:

    • Introductory text that provides a foundation for understanding the cases and materials that follow
    • Numerous problems that treat cutting-edge issues, allowing students to apply important concepts to contemporary evidentiary problems
    • Guidance for answering Note questions to assist students in understanding how to approach nuanced evidentiary questions
    • “Comment/Perspective” text boxes that provide broader perspectives to aid in understanding doctrine

    Teaching materials include:

    • New problems based on the most recent federal cases
    • New Comment/Perspective boxes highlighting current evidentiary issues
    • Comprehensive “Hearsay Quiz” that allows professors to assess student understanding of the definition of hearsay before launching into the many hearsay exceptions and complex Sixth Amendment issues surrounding hearsay
    • An enhanced package of classroom aids that includes PowerPoints, video reenactments of problems and a DVD of clips from movies and real trials

Preface / Sample Chapters