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. 
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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.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Death Penalty:   Good Idea or No way? 

Read the article on Tom Wolf declaring a moratorium on the death penalty.

Then, read this article about the legislature being angry that he unilaterally did that.

Write 7 lines about how you feel.  Is the death penalty a good idea or a bad idea?  Why or how?  What about Wolf? Should he have gotten consensus about this from the legislature or was doing it unilaterally fine with you? 

Also, be sure to respond to two or more classmates entries to receive full credit.
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