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About the Book

People of the State of California v. Phillip Spector Case File

Ann Murphy
Gonzaga University School of Law

2010. 160 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-07355-9795-2.


About the Book

People of the State of California v. Phillip Spector: Case File, written by Ann Murphy who is a law professor with extensive trial practice experience, is an effective, short, skills-based book, meant to be used as a companion text in any evidence or trial advocacy class. Based on a high-interest, “celebrity” case, it is bound to capture student interest and engage students in the classroom while it illustrates the Federal Rules of Evidence.

This exciting case file features:

  • A consistent fact pattern that works through the Rules of Evidence and illustrates how the Rules work in the courtroom and the impact they have on the trial process
  • Numerous exhibits that enliven the text
  • Well-crafted questions that illuminate key points 
  • Appendices that provide helpful reference material
    1. How to Approach Evidence
    2. Confrontation Clause—Post Crawford
    3. Character Evidence Chart
    4. Hearsay Helper
    5. Spousal Privileges

Resource-rich companion website offers:

  • Detailed teaching materials
  • PowerPoint slides that  provide additional exhibits
  • Answers to all the questions
  • Background material on the pieces of evidence 
  • “Scripts” for four witnesses so that students can try their hands at direct examination and cross examination