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, each one concluding with an evaluate of the trial via a attorney, pass judgement on, legislation professor, or communique scholar.The Washington submit assurance of the toilet Hinckley case previous the trial demonstrates the consequences media can have on a tribulation. The Haymarket insurrection trial serves for example of starting statements in a storytelling form.By examining the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Schuetz and Snedaker clarify direct exam in response to its goal, felony principles, ordering of witnesses, verbal and nonverbal strategies of interrogation, and strategies for introducing evidence.The cross-examination within the Sacco-Vanzetti case exhibits how advocates improve or reduce their persuasiveness by way of adopting conversation maneuvers. remaining arguments within the Rosenberg trial took the shape of a refutative tale with a twin persuasive and tutorial content.The excellent courtroom allure within the Sam Sheppard case demonstrates the tactics, 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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The 1951 trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg also received extensive coverage throughout each stage of the case. This publicity directly implicated the Rosenbergs and their codefendant, Morton Sobell, in communist activities; took the side of the prosecution in calling for a guilty verdict and the death penalty; and endorsed the stiff sentences and long pre-execution incarceration of the defendants. Just as in the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the American press changed its position only after the international press lashed out at the injustice in the case.

Denniston (1980) advises trial reporters against becoming involved with legal issues and developments and suggests instead that they concentrate on the dramatic elements of the trial. He recognizes that reporters tell better stories about crimes and trials when the "legalities and technicalities are woven around the story of the persons involved" (p. 110). Denniston counsels reporters to create interesting stories that will attract the public attention. Gans (1979) outlines several strategies for reconstructing interesting and involving news stories.

Title. 48-1984. Page v Contents Foreword by Peter E. Kane vii Preface ix 1 The Press Coverage of the Hinckley Case: A Case Study of a Crime News Serial 1 A Political Scientist's Reaction W. Lance Bennett 33 2 Storytelling in Opening Statements: The Chicago Anarchists' (Haymarket) Trial 37 A Trial Lawyer's and Trial Practice Professor's Reaction Thomas A. Mauet 68 3 Narrative and Direct Examination: The Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann 72 A Legal Scholar's Reaction Kenneth S. Broun 99 4 Reshaping the Stories of the Adversary: Cross-Examination in the Sacco-Vanzetti Case 103 A Communication Scholar's Reaction Ruth McGaffey 136 5 Participatory Persuasion in Closing Arguments: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg 140 A Trial Lawyer's and Trial Practice Professor's Reaction J.

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