Law Feb 18. Opener (10 min): Introduce Socratic Seminar (10 min) Watch “Stop and Frisk Video” Notes (30 min) Read “Stop and Frisk” opinion pieces
Law Feb 18
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HW: Write your own 2-3 paragraph “Stop and Frisk” opinion paper answering the EQ: Do policing methods unfairly determine who goes to jail or runs into trouble with the law?/Are these methods constitutional?
Know Your Rights
What is the only information you should provide if an officer approaches you?
What should you say to invoke your 5th and 6th amendment rights?
What should you say to invoke your 4th amendment rights?
T/F Sarcasm is fine. A little humor never hurt
T/F Do not reach into your pocket without asking permission
T/F Do not talk to anyone except your family and your lawyer about your case.
Do policing methods unfairly determine who goes to jail or runs into trouble with the law?
If you were accused of a crime, what are the benefits of taking a plea bargain?
What are the drawbacks of taking a plea bargain?
Plea Bargain Role Play (30 min)
Students will work in groups of six: 2 defense, 2 prosecution, 2 observers
Closer: How effective is the plea bargaining system?
Is it constitutional (consider 4, 5, and 6th amendment)
Is it fair to the accused? Is it fair to society?
Homework: Read and annotate “The Problem with Pleas”
(I will check to see that you have written detailed annotations)
Plea Bargain Role Play (5 min)
Students will sit with groups of 6-7 and decide: who will be observers, who will be defense, and who will be prosecution
Students will receive relevant handouts
Fact Pattern: All students
b. Directions for Negotiation: All students
c. Sentencing Guidelines: All students
d. Confidential Information – Defense: defense teams only.
e. Confidential Information – Prosecution: Prosecution teams only.
f. Negotiation worksheet: One for each prosecution team and one for
each defense team.
g. Observer memo: One for each observer team.
Plea Bargain Instructions
Students will first meet with their “partners” to discuss their strategy for the negotiation. They will have 5 minutes to discuss the issues and fill out their worksheets. (5 minutes)
Next, the teams will meet in their pre-assigned group of six to conduct the negotiation. (15 minutes)
Students will reach their final settlements and the observers will collect and turn-in all negotiation worksheets. (2 minutes)
Discuss the exercise and tally the results of the negotiations on the board. Poll the observers to determine what techniques were most effective. Do you think this process was fair? Why or why not? (5 minutes)
Feb 20-21: The Plea
Watch Frontline: The Plea
Take detailed Cornell Notes on the film
Keep the essential question in mind: To what extent does plea bargaining fulfill our 6th amendment guarantee of a right to a fair trial?
Homework: Opinion Statement on Plea Bargaining
Review Justices 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population