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What document is the “supreme law of the land? ” United States Constitution
What are three branches of government? n. Executive n. Legislative n. Judicial
Name three legal television shows.
True or False: There are two types of court systems; federal and state courts. TRUE
True or False: A divorce case would be heard in federal court. FALSE: A divorce case would be heard in state court.
True or False: A case involving a federal regulation would be heard in federal court. TRUE
Federal and State Courts US Supreme Court US Circuit Court of Appeals State Supreme Court (Highest State Court) Intermediate Court of Appeals US District Court (Federal Trials) FEDERAL CASES Municipal or County Court (Local Trials) STATE CASES
Who plays the role of Denny Crane on “Boston Legal”? William Shatner
What are your Miranda Rights? “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. ”
What is the maximum punishment for murder in Washington State? Death Penalty
What is the “highest court in the land”? United States Supreme Court
Fun Fact n Did you know that there is actually a basketball court above the Supreme Courtroom? n The justice’s joke that it is actually the highest court in the land.
How many justices are on the US Supreme Court? Nine
Name two current US Supreme Court Justices. Stevens, Thomas, Ginsberg, Souter, Breyer, Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, Scalia
Who is the current Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court? Chief Justice John Roberts
Who was the first female justice appointed to the US Supreme Court? Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Who was the main character in Legally Blonde? Elle Woods
What school did Elle Woods attend in Legally Blonde? Harvard
True or False: If Johnny swings his fist to hit Tommy, but misses, Johnny would be guilty of battery. FALSE: Johnny would be guilty of assault, not battery because he did not actually hit Tommy.
What US Supreme Court Case set the precedent for abortion? Roe v. Wade
True or False: All cases are decided by a jury. FALSE: cases can be heard by a judge or a jury
What is the longest running legal drama on television? Law and Order
What former “Law and Order” District Attorney ran for President in the 2008 election? Fred Thompson
True or False: Every state has the death penalty. FALSE
state has death penalty and has used it since 1976 state has death penalty but has not executed anyone since 1976 state has abolished death penalty
What is the highest court in Washington? Washington State Supreme Court
Washington State Courts WA State Supreme Court WA State Court of Appeals Superior Court District Courts Municipal or County Court (Local Trials)
True of False: Native Americans have their own court systems. TRUE
What female pop star is going through a very public custody dispute? Britney Spears
How many years does it take to get your law degree? Three
True or False: You have to attend law school in Washington to become a lawyer. FALSE
Law Clerk Program n Bachelor’s Degree from 4 year degree program n Full time employment with lawyer or judge n 4 years n At least 30 hours of studying and clerking per week
What is a hung jury? A jury that cannot reach a unanimous verdict.
You are an attorney. Your client calls you and says “I am going to kill X at 8: 00 tonight. ” In Washington do you have to report this to the police? YES
Does Washington State have its own Constitution? YES
What is double jeopardy? A defendant cannot be tried in court twice for the same crime.
True or False: You have the Constitutional right to an attorney in a civil case. FALSE
What recently deceased celebrity won her case at the Supreme Court involving her dead husband’s 89 million dollar estate? Anna Nicole Smith
True or False: Going to court is the only way to settle a dispute. FALSE
Name one other legal method of settling a dispute. n. Arbitration n. Mediation n. Negotiation
True or False: Your Street Law Teachers are NOT lawyers. TRUE
Weekly Assignment n Find a legal issue from any media source (news, newspaper, TV shows, magazines, etc) – Write AT LEAST two paragraphs – Explain why you are interested in this particular legal issue AND – Whether or not you think the legal issue was decided correctly Credit/No Credit n To be completed EVERY week; due each MONDAY at the start of class n