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.
You 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)
You 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 case
Below 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.
Prosecution Presents Case
Max 15 minutes for prosecution to present case
Defense Cross Examination
Defense Presents Case
Max 15 Minutes for defense to present case
Prosecution Cross Examination
5 Minute recess
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.
US Supreme Court Building, Image by Mike Renlund (Links to an external site.), from the Flickr Creative Commons