ERIC Number: ED378113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1976 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. United States v. Percy W. Snodgrass.
National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.
Prepared by the District of Columbia Street Law Project for its annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides material for a murder trial. The defendant shot the victim in the course of a violent dispute. The prosecution charges murder while the defendant claims to have acted in self-defense. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides witness statements from a bartender and waiter who witnessed the beginning of the dispute, the arresting officer, neighbors who heard the dispute, and the defendant. Through participation in mock trials and analysis of the activity, students gain an insider's perspective on courtroom procedure and a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society resolves its disputes. Mock trials develop critical analysis, questioning and listening skills, and skills in preparing and organizing materials. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Court Litigation, Criminal Law, Homicide, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Social Studies School Service, Dept. A3, P.O. Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232-0802.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.