Task Two: Court Trial Cases
Go to Lincoln Hat Activity and Read a Case. Within
a group, decide how you decide on a verdict: guilty or
innocent. Complete a trial court form, and write an
opinion about the trial result.
COURT TRIAL TASK DIRECTIONS:
1. Select an actual court case from
Abraham's tall hat file.
2. Start by reviewing and studying the
"cast of characters" on this page. Decide which of the
characters you will include in your trial).
3. Choose as many cases as you would like
to hear, and then be the Judge. Judge Davis was the
judge of the 8th Circuit, in which most of these cases
were heard. Some cases are about business dealings,
some about property ownership, some about Murder!
4. While "judging" the case, you need to
make sure the trial is fair, only the truth is said, and
that the jury (if there is one) decides on their own.
You don't want any outside influence on the Jury's
5. If a bench trial, the Judge (you),
will have to decide guilt or innocence, or who gets the
property. You will have to render the verdict.
Remember: a person is innocent until proven guilty. The
state has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
6. Click the link to get a trial
reporting form and complete it for your case and trial.
7. Judges often render an opinion on a
case along with the final decision about what is to be
done to the plaintiff. Write a one page opinion (like
an essay) on the final trial decision and results.
Include what you think happened to the plaintiff.