Communication and Litigation: Case Studies of Famous Trials by Professor Janice Schuetz, Kathryn Holmes Snedaker J.D.,

By Professor Janice Schuetz, Kathryn Holmes Snedaker J.D., Peter E. Kane

Exam of 7 recognized trials, every one concluding with an assessment of the trial by means of a legal professional, pass judgement on, legislation professor, or communique scholar.The Washington put up insurance of the toilet Hinckley case previous the trial demonstrates the consequences media can have on a tribulation. The Haymarket insurrection trial serves for instance of starting statements in a storytelling form.By examining the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Schuetz and Snedaker clarify direct exam in accordance with its goal, felony ideas, ordering of witnesses, verbal and nonverbal ideas of interrogation, and strategies for introducing evidence.The cross-examination within the Sacco-Vanzetti case exhibits how advocates improve or lessen their persuasiveness by way of adopting conversation maneuvers. last arguments within the Rosenberg trial took the shape of a refutative tale with a twin persuasive and tutorial content.The ideally suited court docket attraction within the Sam Sheppard case demonstrates the approaches, shape, content material, and elegance of arguments of appellate briefs. The Chicago 8 trial is an instance of trial as theatre.

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C. Vincent J. Fuller conducted the defense for Hinckley, assisted by Gregory P. Craig, Judith A. Miller, and Lon S. Babby. Roger M. Adelman directed the prosecution and was assisted by Robert R. Chapman and Marc B. Tucker. Given the nature of the plea, the prosecution had the obligation to prove that Hinckley was sane at the time of the shooting. " In posttrial hearings, Judge Barrington Parker remanded Hinckley to the care of St. , and he remains in that hospital today. Many investigators have analyzed the press coverage during a trial and the decisions given in appellate courts that have followed a trial, A great deal of this literature centers on the issue of free press as it relates to the fair trial of the defendants (Stephenson, 1979; Lieberman, 1980; Marcus, 1982).

Examples of news serials are the coverage of the protests against the Vietnam War, the hostage drama in Iran, the hostages in Lebanon, and numerous sensational trials, such as the Haymarket, Hauptmann, Sacco-Vanzetti, Rosenberg, Sheppard, and Chicago Eight cases. Serial news resembles other serials on television or in books in that the historical derivation of the event, the major characters, and the dominant themes remain constant even while the main narrative Page 14 develops significantly throughout a long period of time.

This volume by Schuetz and Snedaker is in the best tradition of the study of rhetoric as Corax first presented it. Like Corax, they have looked at actual trial practices and have analyzed those practices to arrive at theoretical understandings communicated to us through this volume that uniquely provides the reader with the entire intellectual process. Trial materials from celebrated court cases are presented. These fascinating narratives provide the foundation for the analysis and theoretical observations that follow.

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