2. Facts & Laws

week 6: Mon Oct 2 & Wed Oct 4

NB: Assignment #2 [PDF]  – due Oct 2

Legal reasoning is not only about rules and their interpretation, but also about “facts”. In this respect,  we will examine the distinction between “matters of fact” and “matters of law”.

reading –  Schauer, Law and Fact [PDF]

week 7: Wed Oct 11 — No class on Mon Oct  9

Same topic as last week.

watching – Twelve Angry Men (1957) [video]

NB: Assignment #3 [PDF]  – due Wed Oct 11 – submit assignment here

week 8: Mon Oct 16 & Wed Oct 18

The standard of proof in criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt. What does that mean, exactly? 

reading – in re Winship (1970) [PDF]

week 9: Mon Oct 23 & Wed Oct 25

We will see how the law/fact distinction is apparent in decisions by appellate courts.

reading – People v. Goetz (NY 1986) [PDF]

NB: Assignment #4 [PDF]  – due Oct 25

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