4. Mock Trials

Mock trial schedule here [PDF]

week 13: Mon Nov 20 & Wed Nov 22

Same-sex marriage

week 14: Mon Nov 27 & Wed Nov 29

Involuntary manslaughter

week 15: Mon Dec 4 & Wed Dec 6

Right of suspects in police custody

week 16: Mon Dec 11

Final overview of the course

NB: Final report [PDF] – due Dec 13 – submit assignment here


Mock trials topics (feel free to find your own!)

Same-sex marriage

reading – Obergefell v. Hegdes (2015) 

text of the opinion [PDF]

oral argument [link]

petitioner’s brief [PDF – PDF]

respondent’s brief [PDF – PDF]

more materials about the case [link]

Boyfriend case – Michelle Carter

Grand jury proceedings

decision by Mass. Sup. Ct. on grand jury indictment [PDF]

brief by ACLU in favor of defendant [PDF]

prosecutor’s brief in response to defendant’s brief [PDF]

Trial proceedings

defendant’s motion for not-guilty verdict [PDF]

judge first-degree conviction [video] [link]

legal analysis of conviction judgment [link]

newspaper analysis [link]

Sentencing proceedings 

decision [video] [video]

Rights of suspects in police custody

reading – Miranda v. Arizona (1966) 

text of the opinion [PDF]

oral argument [link]

case overview [link]

Other topics

Abortion

reading – Roe v. Wade (1973)

text of the opinion [link]

oral argument [link]

Obama care

reading – National Fed. of Ind. Business v. Sebelius (2012)

parsing the opinion [video]

text of opinion [PDF]

oral argument [link]

petitioner’s brief [PDF]

respondent’s brief [PDF]

more materials about the case [link]

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