Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday, October 31. 2013

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

D Block Law 12 - Today video we'll finish the video about the recreation of the Stanley Milgram experiment which relates to the Shepardsville, Kentucky McDonald's sexual assault case and and provocation or entrapment as a criminal law defense. After, we'll look at insane automatism (non compos mentis), intoxication, and the "excusable conduct" defenses of self-defense, necessity, duress, ignorance of the law, entrapment, and provocationI'll need you to work on questions: questions 2, 4 and 5 from page 270; 2 & 5 on page 273; 1, 3, & 5 on page 281; 4 & 5 page 283.

C Block Criminology 12 - OK so this is it. These are the last two days to get your seminar topic prepared and ready to go for Tuesday next week. Now let's talk about stress. Some of you are not too fond of public speaking and find it an unpleasant experience. It doesn't have to be. You have five minutes to present information on a criminology topic to the class. The information is about something you are interested in and why you are interested in it. Some of you have indicated that you're panicking about speaking in front of the class which is both natural and actually kind of funny (given that you all have done this already just not in a structured format). So look through the following websites to help you plan for your talk:

CAASAA Public Speaking Skills
How to Conquer Public Speaking Fear
Toastmasters Tips & Techniques
Overcoming the Fear of Speaking to Groups
Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking
The Art of Speechmaking

We start Tuesday with our presentations for the remainder of the week. If you are finished then you may either update your blog work (look at last Monday's entry). Good luck.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll look at the development of the Grand Trunk Railway and the need for railways in Canada (think trade and defense).We'll take a look at changing attitudes in Britain (Little Englanders) and political deadlock in the 1860's (between 1849 - 1864 there were twelve governments formed). I'll have you work on a pro/con chart for Confederation and I'll also have you work on questions 3 & 5 from page 108 of the Horizons textbook.

A Block Law 9/10 - Today we are in the library for our last project of the year...your Fairy Tale Criminal Code Case Study. Many thanks to Mr. Scott McKillop of Winston Knoll Collegiate in Saskatchewan and Ms. Sarah Curry (currently in Toronto, Ontario) for the idea and the "bones" of this assignment.

Fairy tales are among the most violent and chilling tales in storytelling. While modern tales often have a happy ending, historically, older tales were full of elves, goblins, witches and magic, often resulting in violent endings. This makes them perfect for a criminal law analysis!

You are a court reporter at a criminal trial involving a fairy tale. Your job during the case is to accurately report the case to your readers. Your story will summarize the events leading to the trial (the story), what the person is being charged with, who testified and to what for the Crown, who testified and to what for the defense including what was the basis for their defense, and finally what the judge’s decision was and why.

Required items:
  1. Summary of the facts – Summarize the fairy tale that you are using.
  2. Crown’s case   – Lawyer’s opening statement which includes what the defendant is being charged with (Use the criminal code and/or your textbook to find the offence and record the Section and the number), what penalty they are asking for, and who testified (Minimum of three (3) witnesses including the victim assuming they are alive) along with testimony of each witness.
  3. Defense’s case   – Lawyer’s opening statement including what is his/her client’s defense will be and who will be testifying (Minimum of three (3) witnesses including the defendant) along with theTestimony of each witness
  4. The judge's decision    - Is the defendant guilty as charged? guilty of a lesser offense? or not guilty at all? What sentence will be given if necessary (the Criminal Code outlines minimum and maximum sentences)? Give the reasons for the decision made, why did the judge make the decision that they did?
For a really good example, Check out: Fairy Tale Law at Appleman Law Firm LLC or Hansel and Gretel a Lawyer's Fairy Tale by the Legal Geeks.

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