Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thursday, October 24. 2013

Today's schedule is D-AG-C-B-A

D Block Law 12 - Today we are back in the library to continue work on our Canadian Criminal Defense project. Don't forget that you need to find three recent (in the last five years) criminal cases where a defense we'll discuss next week was used. The defenses are: Alibi, Non-Insane Automatism, Intoxication, Insane Automatism, Battered Woman Syndrome, Self-defense, Necessity, Duress, Ignorance of the law, Mistake of fact, Entrapment, Double jeopardy, and Provocation. Places to find cases - CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet. Click through the databases on the side (provinces and territories) and search by year (2012-2011-2010)...anytime you see Supreme/Superior court or court of Queen's Bench you'll find serious criminal cases (remember look for R. v. in the case citation). Canoe is is a leading Canadian internet portal offering news, sports and entertainment from Sun Media. Crime news stories can be found in the Crime portion of the News section.

C Block Criminology 12 - Today in Criminology class I'm going to show you a television show called White Collar. From USA network:

White Collar is about the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffery (Matt Boomer), a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternate plan: He'll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can't be found on the right side of the law.

The episode I’d like you to show is called Hard Sell from season 1, which deals with stock manipulation and churning the value of stock in a boiler room (metaphor). From

The scam is a "pump and dump", in which a group of "junior Gordon Gekkos" is selling bad stock. The guy in charge buys a large amount of dollar stocks, and has his men inflate the price by selling it over the phone. When the price peaks, guy in charge dumps the stock and leaves the buyers holding worthless shares. The average person loses $30,000, and some victims have lost their homes. The boiler room is mobile, moving to a new location after each stock dump

This episode deals with the white collar crime unit that we covered in Criminology this week and I’d like you to have a discussion about this:

Agent Burke describes the boiler room salesmen as "junior Gordon Gekkos". Gordon Gekko was the mega-successful, totally ruthless stock trader played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street. Minor trader Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) tries to break into the big time by following Gekko's merciless killer-instinct methods. Along the way Fox discovers that Gekko-style success can cost dearly. One of the most famous quotes from the movie is when Gekko says “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.” So we’ve looked at psychopaths in Criminology and we watched “The Corporation” which compared modern business to psychopaths…Gordon Gekko is the embodiment of the psychopath in the 1980’s corporate world while the boiler room characters in White Collar are a 2000’s version of the same thing. So… does Avery Phillips (the “man behind the curtain”) exhibit psychopathic traits and if he’s successful what does that say about business (corporate) crime?

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today I have the library booked for you to continue your work on the Rebellions Editorial activity. Remember you need to determine whether the rebels were either justified in their actions or were traitors to the King and England. Remember it is 1848, ten years after the rebellions and a great deal has changes in the colonies (responsible government, union of the Canadas, more equality of the churches, and more local control in governance). The editorial is due this Monday, the day of your Rebellions Unit Final.

A Block Law 9/10 - To start the class you'll have some time to finish up yesterday's work on searches (q 1-5 p. 102). After that we'll watch an episode of Law & Order "Under the Influence" (episode 11 from season 8). From"After Briscoe and Curtis finally determine who was driving the car that killed three people, the legal prosecution stands in danger of becoming a kangaroo court when McCoy's feelings over Kincaid mesh with the political agenda of an ambitious judge anxious to make an example of the defendant

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