Category: Rob Wiltbank

Criminal Judiciary #2: Law and Crime

In this episode of Criminal Judiciary, we get a brief overview of the history of our law and its English roots.  Common law, civil law and criminal law and basic legal concepts are explained and we learn the different between “beyond a reasonable doubt” and “beyond a preponderance of the evidence.”

Just a reminder that in a couple of days, nominations for the 2008 Podcast Awards will be opening, we hope we can count on you to drop up a nomination for the Best Educational Podcast!

Intro to Criminal Justice #1: Justice and Public Safety

Benjamin Franklin was once quoted as saying, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  There’s a balance that must be struck between maintaing individual rights while balancing them against the interest of public safety.  In this, our innaugural episode of Introduction to Criminal Justice, we’ll be discussing the basic concepts of criminal justice and the judicial process.

I would like to remind our listeners that this podcast is part of our new undergraduate content — it is a 100 level course for the Criminal Justice program at Delaware Tech.  We hope you enjoy our new shows!  When you’re done listening, we ask that you stop by our website at and check us out.  On September 15th, we’re asking all of our listeners to click on the Podcast Awards banner on our website and nominate us for the Best Education Podcast…  With close to 450 episodes, we feel we’ve earned it and hope that you do, too!

News and Views #22: New Feeds and Podcast Awards!

This is a quick podcast to tell you about a couple of new feeds we have no for the Fall and to request your help!

To begin with, Episode 1 of our Criminal Judiciary podcast is up and available!  By tomorrow, I’m hoping to have up the first episode of the Introduction to Criminal Justice podcast — listen to the podcast for details on what they cover.

Lastly, our call for help…

Come September 15th, nominations will open for Podcast Listener’s Choice Award.  For 2008, Life of a Law Student will be seeking nomination for the Best Podcast in the area of Education so, come mid-September, we ask that all of our listeners go to and give us a nomination.  40% of the decision on whether or not a podcast will be nominated is on the number of nominations, so we’ll be dropping reminders as we get closer to the date!

Can we count on you?  Drop us a comment here and let us know!

Criminal Judiciary #1: House v. Bell

With a new semester comes new courses; with new courses comes new content!  Criminal Judiciary is a 200-level undergraduate course offered at Delaware Tech as part of their Criminal Justice program — the course will cover the history, traditions and philosophies of our system of justice in addition to covering many landmark cases and court procedure.

In this episode we give a brief overview of the course, the Shareef Cousin’s murder trial which we’ll be following throughout this course and, finally, cover the procedural history behind House v. Bell.

House v. Bell (Case)

House v. Bell (SCOTUS Decision)

News and Views #21: D.C. v. Heller

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

No other sentence has been the root of so much contention, confusion and controversy when it comes to the Bill of Rights. In this episode, we’ll be reviewing D.C. v. Heller, the landmark supreme court case that has defined the Second Amendment as an individual right.

D.C. v. Heller (2008)
Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
SCOTUS Decision (PDF)