No directly quoted material may be used in this project paper. Resources should be summarized or paraphrased with appropriate in-text and Resource page citations. Project 1: Case AnalysisThe Michelle Carter case involved the death of Conrad Roy III. Mr. Roy dies after Michelle Carter sent text messages encouraging him to commit suicide. Ultimately Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter due to her participation in Roy's death.You are permitted to use additional research.
Assignment Requirements:Structure your paper as follows:
I. Introduction1. Give a brief explanation of the burden of proof, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal prosecution.2. Give a brief explanation of prima facie.3. Give a brief explanation of the applicable code the prosecution was brought under.4. Give a brief explanation of why the Carter trial was so pivotal to the prosecution of crimes in the United States.
II. Opening Statements1. Which attorney was most persuasive?2. Which attorney gave the jury more significant facts to consider?
III. Establishing/Challenging a Prima Facie Case for Murder1. Name one key witness who helped establish a prima facie case of homicide for the prosecution or challenged a prima facie case for the defense, and explain why he or she helped or hurt the prosecution of the case.
IV. Evidence1. What other evidence (than testimony) was significant in establishing or challenging a prima facie case of murder?
V. Closing Arguments1. Describe why one was more persuasive than the other, and how the jury would have been persuaded one way or the other based on the closing statements.
VI. Outside Factors1. Are there any other outside factors, other than those listed in the book that affected this case? (e.g., the media, society)2. Why do you think this is such a divisive case in the United States?
VII. Concluding thoughts1. As a budding criminal justice scholar, discuss briefly why this case is important to the study of criminal justice and criminal prosecution, and how reading primary documentation about it has changed your own perspective on the case.
Case Analysis The Michelle Carter case involved the death of Conrad Roy
Date Published: 24 January, 2018