You may only arrest ONE suspect.Your warrant needs to include:1) Who you are arresting and the charge against them:Intentional manslaughter: Suspect intentionally killed the victim in the heat of the moment. A crime of passion without forethought.2) Probable cause: you must give the basic reasons that your chosen suspect may be guilty of the crime. Probable cause must be based on factual evidence from the case file and from your testing that you completed throughout the CSI unit.Presentation FormatYou will be presenting a case based on your evidence and test results to attempt to prove your hypothesis (prosecution) or disprove the opposing teams hypothesis (defense). Remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The People must provide detailed evidence to convict a suspect and the defense must create a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of their suspect.Your presentation is in the form of a case, you may use PowerPoint to show pictures, diagrams and citations of your evidence that is easy for the audience to see, but you may NOT USE text slides. (labels on graphs, diagrams and pictures are permitted)The Trial – RolesYou and your group will need to fill the roles of: Lead attorney(s) and expert witness. While we do not have any lay witnesses, members of your group will need to present testimony of an expert witness to explain any and all technical evidence in the caseBelow you can see the roles; you will want to figure out which group members are going to fill each. Members of your group can be assigned as expert witnesses in more than one category, but an attorney cannot be an expert witness. Depending on the evidence in your case each of the roles of the expert witnesses may be larger or smaller.Expert Witness – DNAMust be micropipette certified and have been present and recorded notes on DNA electrophoresisWill provide testimony on the DNA evidence found in the caseMust also explain the technical aspects of why the DNA matches (or does not match)Must be prepared to answer and ask questions on techniqueExpert Witnesses – Trace EvidenceMust be microscope certified if providing testimony on microscopic evidenceWill provide testimony on the identification of hairs, botanicals, fibers, chemical trace, water analysis, soils or any other trace evidenceJudge and JuryYour instructor will be the judge and will enforce the trial formatClassmates will be used as the juryTrial Format:Opening Statements2 minutes for prosecution opening statement2 minutes for defense opening statementProsecution Presents CaseMax 15 minutes for prosecution to present caseOverview of major events/timeline of the caseTestimony of teams expert witnesses (all physical evidence in the case must be presented in this manner)Defense Cross ExaminationDefense will have the opportunity to cross examine all expert witnesses by asking questions.All cross examination must be done in the form of a questionDefense Presents CaseMax 15 Minutes for defense to present caseMay point out weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and provide alternate hypothesis or suspectsTestimony of teams “expert witnesses” may be used to discredit evidence or provide evidence to exonerate the suspect, this evidence may point to another suspect, an accomplice or that the death may have been accidental or a suicide.Prosecution Cross ExaminationProsecution will have the opportunity to cross examine all expert witnesses by asking questionsAll cross examination must be done in the form of a question5 Minute recessClosing Arguments1 Minute for prosecutions summary2 Minute for defense summary1 Minute for prosecutions rebuttalTips:Strategy: Remember, you need to base your arguments on what may be supported by the physical evidence. Also, since we will not have an actual person on hand as the suspect, be wary of overly emotional strategies, your strongest argument will be based on the evidence.Opening Statement: Attract the audience’s attention and make an impression about the guilt or innocence of the suspect.Cross Examination: Other groups will have an opportunity to attack and question your contentions and evidence.Closing Statement: Make your final case to the audience. You may choose to do this by reiterating your arguments and/or instilling doubt about the opposing arguments. Summarize the case and conclude effectively.Image Credit:US Supreme Court Building, Image by Mike Renlund (Links to an external site.), from the Flickr Creative Commons
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