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Class: Social Studies – Street Law

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Please answer this question. You will turn this in.

Intentionally taking the life of another is considered a crime. Do you think the government should ever be able to take the life of another? Or do you think because murder is illegal, the government should be held to the same standard as the rest of society and that the death penalty should no longer exist?



Assuming the death penalty exists, put a star next to the two crimes you would sentence the underlined person to receive the death penalty for committing. If you do not believe the death penalty should exist, you can write what their punishment, if any, should be.




  • A son murders his father. The son is 23 years old. Should the son get the death penalty?

  • A daughter murders her father because he frequently beats her and was about to again. The daughter is sixteen years old. Should the daughter get the death penalty?

  • A man robs a store, and the shop owner later goes to the man’s house and shoots him at night to get revenge. Should the shop owner get the death penalty?

  • A man drives drunk, runs into a car, and kills three people while injuring another. The surviving person is a seventeen year old student who lost both of his legs in the car accident. He will no longer receive a basketball scholarship for college, and his girlfriend broke up with him. Should the drunk driver get the death penalty?

Handout #2

Criminal Law - News Story Matching Game


Instructions: Look at the possible crimes on the board. Nominate a group recorder. Each group will read each news story. Then you will have one minute - we will time you – to discuss your answer with your group. Have your group reporter write down which crime you think the person has committed (the possible answers are listed on the board). We will then ask each team for an answer and will keep a tally on the board. Only when you are told to move onto the next question should you do so. These are real news stories that have been edited.


News story 1:

911: 'Active crime in progress?' Caller: 'Possibly'

The problem started when Robert Michelson called 911 at 8 p.m. on Thursday and asked how much trouble he could get into by growing one marijuana plant, police said.

The dispatcher said he could get arrested.

Michelson replied “thank you” and hung up, police said.

But, he’d made the call from his own home — 192 Waterville Road in Farmington — so it did not take long for police to find him and discover for themselves that the 21-year-old man was growing marijuana, police said.

Michelson admitted to spending a lot of money online to buy everything he needed to grow marijuana, including the seeds, police said.

Narcotics officers found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia designed for growing and smoking marijuana.

Michelson was released on $5,000 bond. As he left the police station, he gave the dispatchers two middle fingers.

“Presumably for doing such a good job,” police said.

What was the crime committed in this news story?­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

News story 2:

Salem man to 9-1-1: someone stole my "weed" and gets a D

A 21-year-old man who called 9-1-1 to report that his marijuana stash had been stolen was arrested earlier this week in Salem, the Marion County Sheriff's Office announced.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from Calvin Hoover of Salem about 12:52 a.m. Tuesday.

Hoover was angry, he told the 9-1-1 operator, because someone had broken into his truck -- parked at the Free Loader Tavern in Salem -- and stolen his Carhartt jacket, $400 in cash and less than an ounce of marijuana,.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the tavern and to Hoover's home, but he could not be found.

About an hour later, Hoover called 9-1-1 again. This time he was driving, upset that authorities were not working harder to recover his stuff. The dispatcher had trouble understanding Hoover, who stopped several times to throw up.

Hoover was arrested on accusations of driving and took him to the Marion County Jail.

Deputies took a theft report, then warned Hoover, who does not have a medical marijuana card, that reporting the pot theft might not have been such a smart idea. If he had been caught with the pot, they said, he could have been charged with possession of a controlled substance.


What was the crime committed in this news story?­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

News story 3:

In Charlottesville, VA, 2009, after a man lost his wallet, someone used his credit cards to make just less than $400 in purchases from a gas station and the Kroger grocery store. Using surveillance videos, they figured out who it was. This woman committed credit and got snagged because she used her grocery discount card at the same time.



What was the crime committed in this news story?­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

News story 4:

A.Suspect's phone found charging at a home where stuff is now missing


Police in Maryland arrested a man, Wilkins, after finding his cell phone charging at the scene of a burglary.

It began when a homeowner's son arrived as a man was going through rooms in the home Friday. Startled, the man jumped out a window and fled.

The son called police, who searched the home and found a cell phone charging in an electric socket. The phone led police to Wilkins.

Police say Wilkins' home was among those in the area that lost power last week when a snowstorm moved through, so his phone would have been dead and likely needed to have been charged. He's been linked to other break-ins.



What was the crime committed in this news story?­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

News story 5:

Man drives another car that he stole from someone to his trial for theft.



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