Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vehicular Homicide?




Introduction:  We watched a lot of interesting litigation during our Criminal Court Week.  But what did we learn?  It’s time to take our notes and turn them in to learning. 


Task:  Share your personal reflections about what stood out to you in this trial.  It can be a part of the trial, a lawyer, the judge, a witness, something that was said...anything you feel it's important to share.
 

Directions: Write a 5 sentence paragraph or more blog post.  And write a reaction to two other blog posts from your classmates.

Blog post - 10 pts - Your reaction to the truck driver case experience.  You can write about the courtroom, the lawyers, the witness, the judge, or anything that stood out to you.  Review the notes you took in the case to help guide you with this.(5 sentence paragraph or more).

Reaction to others blog posts - 10 pts - React thoughtfully to others posts.  What did you think of what they saw?  (Questions, wonderings, connections)  Write 2-3 sentences or more reacting to what they said.  

Related website - list a website that will help us all dig deeper.  This could be about any connected topic you want including anything. It can be about anything that relates (a similar story, a site about one of the charges, another case about the courthouse, etc...(5 pts)

Finally, explain your website.  What's it about and how does it relate? (1-2 sentences or more) (5 pts)

10 pts - paragraph or more blog post
10 pts - reacting to others blog posts (2 or more) 
5 pts - a website (see above) 
total for this section (part 3 from our packet)
5 pts - explanation of your website - how it relates
=30 pts

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brought a Body on Him....

Murder Was the Case...Out the South

Introduction:  Attending court is never easy.  You never know what case's will be available to be seen, where they will be in the trial, and whether or not the case is relevant.  For the defendant in a murder case however, there can be nothing less important then those things. What's important to a defendant in a jury trial is that they are given access to true due process.  

 
Task: After watching yesterday's murder trial, explain and react specifically to your experience. Consider:
What did you see?
What did you think of what you saw?
Which side (defense or prosecution) presented a better case? 
What concepts of a trial were presented and how did it better help you understand law...these could include:
-expert witnesses
-lay witnesses
-evidence
-heresay 
-plea bargaining
 
BE SURE TO WRITE AT LEAST A 5 SENTENCE PARAGRAPH IN RESPONSE.


Then, react to two people's posts.

Grading:  10 points for a 5 sentence paragraph (or more) reacting to the question.
                  10 points for a thoughtful reaction to the posts of two other people. 
 Blogging expectations

Friday, February 19, 2016




Law Enforcement in America?

Introduction:  Law enforcement in America has been on the spotlight in America.  How do we fight crime and respect our nations citizens?




Task: After studying these clips, write a thoughtful reaction to what you saw in the comments section below.  Consider the following questions to guide your posts

What did you see?
What did you think of what you saw?
How did you agree with or disagree with the officers in the clips? What were their strengths and weaknesses?  
What other thoughts/reactions do you have about both or either clips?


Then, react to two people's posts.

Grading:  10 points for a 3-5 sentence paragraph (or more) reacting to the question.
                  10 points for a thoughtful reaction to the posts of two other people. 

 Blogging expectations

Thursday, February 11, 2016

High Voltage - Intent To Deliver a Controlled Substance?


Yesterday's case was about the attempt to deliver a controlled substance....heroin.  What did you make of this case?  What stood out to you?

For this assignment, you are to write a reaction to what you saw.  To do this answer the following question:

How were terms/concepts 'innocent until proven guilty' and/or 'beyond a reasonable doubt' a part of this case? 

Then, react to two people's posts.

Grading:  10 points for a 3-5 sentence paragraph reacting to the question.
                  10 points for a thoughtful reaction to the posts of two other people. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015



TICKET OUT THE DOOR - ANSWER THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION OF THE LESSON
Why did the Supreme Court overturn Plessy to deem separate but equal unconstitutional?
In other words, why did the court say segregation was illegal?  Be sure to offer a thorough and thoughtful response.  In addition, please respond to at least two other people

Thursday, February 26, 2015

'Everyone is a Little Bit Racist' 

Listen to This.

And, Watch This.

What do you think about the recent violence surrounding local police?  Is race a factor?  How?  Are cops bad people or good people?  How did the articles you've just reviewed influenced your thinking?  Write seven (7) lines about what your heard, watched and read and be sure to respond to two or more responses from your classmates as well. Here are expectations for blogging.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ex-Marine Found Guilty In 'American Sniper' Murder Trial

  Chris Kyle was killed by a fellow military soldier after returning from the Middle East.  The trial of his killer ended last night.  He was given life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Listen to the story.  What do you think of it?  Was it fair where the case was held?  What do you think about what the family members said after the trial?  While you weren't able to analyze the case, what are your initial impressions about it?  Was justice served?  Or, did this seem like an unfair trial?  
Write 8 lines about it.  Also, remember to respond to two or more students in a thorough, thoughtful way.  Here are expectations for blogging.