Fair Trial

Fair Trial

Professor Charles Nesson
Fall 2018 course
M, T 10:20am - 11:50am in Pound Hall Room 100
3 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home
Students will write a paper (1500 words) and an exam essay (500 words), both due at the end of the exam period.

Fair Trial 2018 blends traditional classroom discussion with an online dialogic environment of pseudonymity in order to promote the exchange of sincere intellectual exchange and feedback amongst a diverse group of students. This course explores the concept of 'jury' as its departure point and classroom mode. We use both real and cyberspace to transcend bias while creating a setting that optimizes for truth.

We explore how truth is made in trial – both criminal and civil -- based on witness testimony. We consider credibility, reasonable doubt, the judicial requirement of record proof sufficient to convict, and jury power to acquit.

Our goal is free expression in our 'jury room' in which all feel responsible for our common discourse space. By introducing layered cyber and real space we intensify our engagement with each other in deliberating posed cases.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Criminal Law & Procedure