USH May 29 and May 30

Learning Target:

 The following mock trial provides students with an open-ended critical thinking exercise—if the Nixon administration had acted within the law and if the case had continued, given the legal issues involved and the evidence available, how might the trial have been decided: guilty or innocent?

What kind of legal precedent might have been established that would have bearing on whistle-blowing, government deceit, or acts of conscience taken by individuals and/or groups to attempt to make the U.S. government actions transparent?

Agenda 70 Minutes

Step 1: Read and Mark up the Case Summary (10)

Step 2: Get into your group of 6. Divide into Roles ( 2 US Attorneys, Two Attorneys for Daniel Ellsberg, and Two Judges

Step 3: Trial Preparation (15 Minutes)

Work with your assigned team pairs. Identify the keys issues of the case you plan to present in the trial

Step 4: US Attorneys Opening Statements (10 Minutes)

Take notes as the attorneys present. Judges are free to interrupt and pose questions for clarifications purposes or to challenge the interpretations of the facts. Gather Information and questions for the rebuttal

Step 5: Ellsberg Attorneys Opening Statements (10 Minutes)

Take notes as the attorneys present. Judges are free to interrupt and pose questions for clarifications purposes or to challenge the interpretations of the facts. Gather Information and questions for the rebuttal

Step 6: US Attorneys Rebuttal (5 Minutes)

Take notes as the attorneys present. Judges are free to interrupt and pose questions for clarifications purposes or to challenge the interpretations of the facts. Gather Information and questions for the rebuttal

Step 7: Ellsberg Attorney’s Rebuttal (5 Minutes)

Take notes as the attorneys present. Judges are free to interrupt and pose questions for clarifications purposes or to challenge the interpretations of the facts. Gather Information and questions for the rebuttal

Step 8: Judges Decide/ Attorney’s Write: On a separate sheet of paper. Write down your final thoughts and conclusions on the case. Was Ellsberg guilty as charged? Describe the evidence and arguments that led to your conclusion.

Extension

ST Wednesday and Thursday

Saturday School this weekend!

 

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