ERIC Number: ED378124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1988 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. United States v. Martha Monroe. MT-88.
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 17th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a mock criminal trial. The federal government charges Martha Monroe with first degree murder for shooting her husband, George Monroe, while he slept. Martha Monroe asserts that she acted in self-defense because her husband had subjected her to severe and continual physical abuse that she feared would lead to her death. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides a police report; the defendant's medical report; and witness statements from the defendant, a detective, the former director of a woman's shelter, the defendant's brother, the director of the Emergency Medical Services at Washington Hospital Center, and an expert on the battered woman syndrome. 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: Battered Women, 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.