Weekly Discussion Questions
1. From the e-Activity, give your opinion of Jack
Kevorkian’s saying, “dying is not a crime”, and analyze the manner in which his
actions rose to the level of homicide. Provide one (1) example of his actions
that meet the elements of a homicide.
Read the article, titled “The Life and Deaths of Jack
Kevorkian (1928–2011)”, located at
2. Review State v. Lamy, 969 A.2d 451 (N.H. 2009) and
the born alive requirement that are discussed in Chapter 10 of the text,
determine one (1) ethical issue that may arise from social debate as a result
of the requirement in question. Next, speculate upon one (1) approach that the
court could take in order to address the ethical issue in question. Justify
3.From the e-Activity, summarize at least two (2)
arguments presented for and against granting Sandusky’s motion for a new
criminal trial. Identify the most likely factors that you believe would support
the judge’s decision to grant a new trial. Provide a rationale for your
Go to the ESPN College Football Website and read the
article titled, “Jerry Sandusky wants new trial”. Be prepared to discuss.
4. In the event that Sandusky were to be granted a new
trial, discuss two (2) specific aspects of the case that you believe the
defense and prosecuting attorneys would alter in their new arguments. Provide a
rationale for your response.
5. John, a married, law-abiding, father of two
children is serving as a juror in a trial where a child had been murdered.
Determine the significant impact that a juror from the described demographic
could potentially have in the outcome of this particular criminal trial. Provide rationale in your response.
6. Analyze at least three (3) overall differences
between criminal and civil court proceedings. Discuss the fundamental reasons
why you believe that these differences are the most notable. Justify your