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Mock Trial: The Crucible

PoeJoe
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10/23/2009 5:07:34 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
My English class has just finished reading The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and we're having mock trials based off the play. Although the characters are old, we are using modern Massachusetts law (so no spectral evidence).

I was assigned the role of prosecutor. My role is to try and convict Abigail Williams of first degree murder.

I've built a pretty solid case, but I'm wondering what the DDO community thought. For those who have read The Crucible, what would you argue if you were the prosecutor? Also relevant, how would you defend Abigail Williams if you were on the defense?

Thanks.
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Xer
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10/23/2009 5:19:46 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
First degree murder? Ouch, that's tough. I'm not sure about old Mass law, but it will be tough to prove that Abigail intentionally killed all those people. Even if this is true, she didn't do it - the defense can just call her an unreliable witness who the judge should not have trusted. Abigail never sentenced anyone, physically murdered anyone, or commanded anyone to die. Also, the defense of sanity comes to mind.
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10/23/2009 6:02:19 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
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Danielle
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10/23/2009 6:02:57 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Lol. Had to.

Anyway, I read The Crucible in HS but don't remember *anything* about it. I really didn't go to school that much that year. Good luck though - mock trials are fun :D
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11/13/2009 5:54:58 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/23/2009 6:02:57 PM, theLwerd wrote:
Lol. Had to.

Anyway, I read The Crucible in HS but don't remember *anything* about it. I really didn't go to school that much that year. Good luck though - mock trials are fun :D
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philosphical
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11/14/2009 9:48:38 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 11/13/2009 6:07:10 AM, tkubok wrote:
The key to success is to accuse everyone of being a witch, before they accuse you.

We are doing this in english as well...

You should post your case. I would like to hear it
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wonderwoman
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11/14/2009 10:13:07 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
aren't the Salem Witch Trials like The Red Scare. I could certainly see how Joseph McCarthy could be charged with 1st degree murder. So, why shouldn't Abigail Williams be held to the same standards?