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ADMJUS-135 - Criminal Evidence - Brian Hospodar

Course:Criminal Evidence
Professor:Brian Hospodar
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Welcome everyone...

You're in the right place.  Here, we will unpack the essence of what it means to work inside the criminal justice system.  This is a place to develop pride in serving society.  To honor our Constitution.  We do this by developing the skills required of a professional.  Some of those skills center around conducting or overseeing thorough investigations leading to arrests and convictions of those who choose to be predators.  Those who consciously destabilize the peace and balance of community and our society.  You may be here to discover whether you should pursue a career in this profession.  This course will help you decide and will also allow you to experience the satisfaction of knowing that this work serves a greater good.  While addressing students, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Philosopher, Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "But I know one thing:  the only ones of you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."  People who choose criminal justice as a profession, and then serve, are happy people.  Coming into the knowledge that what you do does profoundly serve humanity...   is perhaps the greatest reward.  I look forward to the journey with you.


A member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 1980.  A third-generation cop, I have extensive investigative, supervisory and operational experience, and have conducted complex investigations into criminal activity while assigned to Major Crimes, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions.  I've been a Patrol Supervisor, Venice Beach Detail Supervisor, VICE Supervisor, and Detective in Narcotics, Counter-Terrorism, and Transnational Organized Crime.  

I have developed relationships and worked closely with a number of federal and municipal law enforcement agencies having held a U.S. Government clearance.  I was also selected by the State Department to work for the United Nations investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I lived for one-year in the war-torn former Yugoslavia preparing criminal cases for the World Court at the Hague.  This experience allowed me a unique international law enforcement perspective.  I co-started the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Sensitive Investigations Unit (SIU) as a Task Force Officer.  Our mission at SIU was to investigate transnational organized crime syndicates trafficking drugs to support world-wide terrorism.  

Much of my work has focused on transforming law enforcement from within the institution.  I have developed several law enforcement courses addressing significant strategic needs and wrote the LAPD’s ‘Supervisory Guide to Discipline’ and ‘Search Warrant Manual’.  I have taught Recruit, In-service, Supervisory, Civilian, Management, and Command College courses at the Los Angeles Police Academy.  I am an Instructor for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center teaching in-service courses to Police Officers.  I hold a B.S. in Business Management.  I am also a Certified Yoga instructor teaching cops to de-escalate from the inside-out.

Course Description

Introduces the fundamentals of evidence in a law enforcement context including relevant constitutional issues, Supreme Court decisions, and the California and Federal Rules of Evidence Course Information

Upon completion, of course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the sequence of events in a criminal proceeding and apply the rules of evidence to specific case facts.
  2. Compare and contrast direct and circumstantial evidence, physical evidence, documentary evidence, and testimonial evidence.
  3. Compare and contrast the differences between expert and lay witnesses.
  4. Compare and contrast the different means of searching for evidence.
  5. Explain the purpose of the Hearsay Rule and name at least five of the 26 Major Exceptions.
  6. Compare and contrast the attorney-client privilege, the husband-wife privilege, the physician-patient privilege, and the clergy-penitent privilege.
  7. Compare and contrast "consensual encounters," “detentions” and “arrests”
  8. Compare and contrast the Exclusionary Rule and the Miranda decision.

What to Expect in this Course

CLASS FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION:  Your participation in this class will be supported using COC’s learning management system called CANVAS (

You will need a reliable computer and internet access to complete required assignments.  It is expected that you login to the course regularly throughout the week to keep up with discussions and assignments.  Successful students log into the course at least once every two days.  In a 20-week, 3-unit course, it is expected that students dedicate approximately nine or more hours a week to the course.

Types of Assessments

GRADING:  In assigning the final grade, I will look at your understanding of the material and overall performance as well as your contribution to the class. Assessment of your performance will be based on journals, quizzes, exams, current events, and participation in discussions. Your grade will be based on the total accumulation of course points listed above. 

QUIZZES & EXAMS:  Quizzes and exams will cover material from the syllabus, textbook & other materials in the weekly modules.  These quizzes will be taken online via Canvas. Each quiz will be made available on the Monday the module begins and will remain available until 11:59 PM on the following Sunday.   Once the deadline is reached the quiz will close and will not be available to you again.  There will be no make-up quizzes or exams.  

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook


Criminal Evidence, Eighth Edition

Cengage Learning Publishing

HAILS, Judy, J.D., LL.M.

ISBN-13:  978-1-285-06286-0

Additional Recommended Texts:  To Be Announced 

Other Relevant Course Information

This course will use the Socratic method which is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions.

If there are any questions regarding this Orientation Letter, please email me at  Remember, I am here to help you do your personal best!   Enjoy your journey!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 08/09/2022 Sub#: 1442