CRIMINAL LAW

Denise slips while walking on the sidewalk. She instinctively reaches out to grasp some support. Instead her finger pokes out the eye of Vernon, who was also walking on the sidewalk. Has Denise committed an “act” upon which a criminal battery charge can be based? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

2. Karen is a sleepwalker. One night, while sleepwalking, she pushed over and destroys a valuable vase belonging to a neighbor. Has Karen committed an “act” upon which a prosecution for malicious mischief can be based? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

3. John is walking down a street when he hears a person scream. He turns around and sees a woman being dragged into a dark alley by a man with a knife in his hand. John decides to do nothing and walks away.

A. Has John “acted” so as to be guilty of a crime against the woman? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

B. Assume John recognized the woman as a neighbor whom he despised. He was glad to witness her peril and intentionally decided not to intervene. If the woman is killed, can John be convicted of any form of criminal homicide? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

C. Assume instead that John recognized the woman as his wife but still chose not to intervene. Has John “acted” so as to be guilty of a crime against his wife? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

4. Dan is employed as a lifeguard on a public beach. During a period when he is supposed to be working, he leaves his guard station to visit a friend. While Dan is gone a bather drowns. If the bather was a stranger to Dan, can Dan be convicted of some form of criminal homicide?

5. Phillip is speeding down the highway at night when his car strikes and injures Monroe. Because of the darkness, Phillip is unaware of the accident and does not stop. Has Phillip “acted” so as to be guilty of violating a hit and run statue? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

6. Jack is charged with selling alcoholic beverages in a “dry” county. At trial, he testifies that he did not know that the beverages in question were alcoholic. Must the jury be instructed that Jack should be acquitted unless the proof shoes he was aware that the beverages were alcoholic? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

 

 

7. Donna threw a rock intending to break a window of Vikki’s house. However, Donna’s aim was off and the rock struck and broke a window of Floyd’s house. Can Donna be convicted of malicious mischief based upon accidental damage to Floyd’s home? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

8. Don intends to kill Vance and buys a rifle for this purpose. While Don is engaged in target practice in his backyard, Vance unexpectedly walks by and is killed by a bullet that ricochets from the target. Is Don guilty of murder? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

 

 

 

EXERCISE 2: Due by November 2, 2016– NO Exceptions. Must be Typed, Double Spaced, and no more than 4 pages. INCLUDE A “YES” OR “NO” ANSWER AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR RESPONSE TO EACH QUESTION.

1. Intending to kill Missy, Danny takes a shot at her while she is standing in a street. Although Danny is a champion shooter, he surprisingly missed his target. However seconds later a truck hits Missy and kills her. Precede each answer with a YES or NO

A. Is Danny guilty of Murder? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

B. Assume instead that the truck strikes missy first. While she is laying near death in the middle of the street, Danny lives up to his champion reputation and shoots Missy, killing her instantly. It is clear that Missy would have died shortly from the truck injury alone. Is Danny guilty of murder? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

2. While Ursula is standing on the side of a busy highway, Dennis approaches her from behind and stabs her; Ursula pulls away from him, falling onto the highway. Shortly thereafter, a passing car strikes unlucky and she dies from the combined effects of the knife wound and the injuries inflicted by the car. Is Dennis guilty of any form of criminal homicide? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

3. Richard approaches Mark and says, “I’ll give you $500 if you’ll beat up Fred.” Mark is an undercover police officer and arrests Richard. Has Richard committed a criminal offense? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

4. Arnie knows where a large amount of counterfeit money can be purchased and decides to ask Benny to help him pass the bills if he obtains them. Upon disclosure of the scheme to Benny, Benny responds, “What a bread for you. You’ll make a fortune.” On the basis of these facts alone, are Arnie and Benny guilty of criminal conspiracy? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

5. Connie is charged with conspiring with Ron and Sylvia to kill Verna. Ron and Sylvia are acquitted. Can Connie be convicted? Yes or No – Explain Why or Why Not

 

BOTH EXERCISES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ONE ATTACHMENT