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02. Questions - Stewart Hypos Assume the Supreme Court in...

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Stewart Hypos Assume the Supreme Court in Stewart reversed the judgment of conviction and entered a judgment of acquittal on the grounds that the evidence was legally insufficient for any reasonable jury to find the defendant guilty of arson. [Recall that what the Court actually did was reverse and order a new trial on the grounds that the jury verdict was against the weight of the evidence.] 1. A week later a Connecticut court hears case in which the defendant (Abe) is charged with arson for burning down a barn belonging to Victor that was 18 rods away from Victor’s dwelling house and separated from it by a highway. If Abe files a motion for judgment of acquittal, how should the court decide? Why? 2. A week after the Stewart decision a Connecticut court hears case in which the defendant (Bob) is charged with arson for burning down a tool shed belonging to Victor that was 8 rods away from Victor’s dwelling house and separated from it by a dirt road. If Bob files a motion for judgment of acquittal, how should the court decide?
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