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Fair Trial - Spring 2016

Charles Nesson

Spring 2016

MTu  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

3 classroom credits


Prerequisites: None.

Exam: One-day take home.

We begin with the concept of justice -- both substantive and procedural. We ground our discussions in the The Bill of Rights -- in its concepts of liberty, freedom, public domain, public trial, confrontation, fair opportunity to defend, and jury. Classes will model jury deliberation. We focus on criminal jury trial as the (now shaky) bulwark of our freedom. We consider and compare civil jury trial as protector of intellectual freedom.

Students will write a paper (1500 words) and an exam essay (500 words), both due at the end of the exam period.

This course is taught with Fern Nesson.