Write an essay on (or discuss) judicial activism

Writing/Discussion Questions

1. Write an essay on (or discuss), using ethical and moral criteria, courtroom practices: the use of videotaped testimony, allowing television cameras into the courtroom and jury room, victim statements during sentencing,
preventive detention, neighborhood justice centers, the use of a waiver to adult court for violent juvenile offenders, and any others that have been in the news recently.

2. Write an essay on (or discuss) the ethical dilemmas of the characters after watching a movie that presents a legal dilemma (e.g., Criminal Law, Penalty Phase, Presumed Innocent, The Witness). Use one or more of the ethical frameworks provided in Chapter 2.

3. Write an essay on (or discuss) judicial activism. Present the arguments on both sides of the question as to whether judges should interpret or simply apply the Constitution. Provide more current examples (the current Supreme Court docket) and predict how Justices will decide. If one can predict the decisions of the Justices on the Supreme
Court, where does that leave the idea that no case is prejudged?

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