DEFENDER SERVICES OFFICE
TRAINING DIVISION





  • Searches, Seizures and Statements: The Busy Lawyer's Handbook on the 4th, 5th & 6th Amendments
    by Andrea George, Senior Litigator, D. MN
    (a primer on Supreme Court caselaw interpreting the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments)

  • Assertion of Rights Form and Assertion of Rights Form w/ Spanish Translation
    created by David McColgin, Supervisory Assistant Federal Defender (Appeals), E.D. PA
    (In response to the rule articulated in Montejo v. Louisiana, 129 S. Ct. 2079 (2009), counsel may wish to consider filing an assertion of 5th and 6th Amendment rights form at all initial appearances. The above form is designed for the attorney's and the client's signatures. Once filed with the court, counsel should place on the record verbally that the client asserts his 5th and 6th Amendment rights, and that, by the act of filing the form, both the AUSA and the case agent have been notified of the assertion of rights and are not to contact client except through counsel. )