Trial Paper - 23rd, January 2007 The Trial of Mary Barnett...

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23 rd , January 2007 The Trial of Mary Barnett There are many different ways to take the information provided by the defendant and the witnesses. Based on the information provided, I came to the conclusion that Mary Barnett, is guilty of second-degree murder. Second-degree murder is murder without premeditation, which means that she killed her six month old daughter Allison. However, the murder was not previously planned out. Caroline Hospers lives in the same apartment building as Mary Barnett. Her testimony offers some good and some not so strong points. For example, because of Caroline’s moral views, she thinks less of Mary. Because Mary has a child and does not have a husband or steady man in her life, Caroline thinks it is a disgrace. Because she feels this way, it makes her testimony less credible. She is basing what she is saying more on how she feels about her life than what actually happened. As for Policeman A, his testimony has more credibility in relation to Caroline Hospers. The reason for this is because of the position that Policeman A plays, he is an
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Steele during the Spring '08 term at Indiana State University .

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Trial Paper - 23rd, January 2007 The Trial of Mary Barnett...

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