COMM ST 170 Notes Week 1

COMM ST 170 Notes Week 1 - Comm170 Legal Communication...

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Comm170 Legal Communication Lecture Notes March 30, 2010 I. Evidence Codes a. Law of Evidence: set of rules trying to formulate what kinds of information will be acceptable or unacceptable for the purposes of making a decision about whether someone violated the law b. Rules about information c. i.e. hearsay—transmission process, information will get wronged i. Normally, this is not allowed, but there are a million exceptions d. Nature: complicated set of rules about what types of information will be allowed in court i. Often difficult to read e. He will cover this in simpler terms and anything he will use in exams will be what he covered in class; don’t worry about it if you read it, but it’s not in class II. Midterm: April 27 th a. Objective exams: he thinks that the answers are either right or wrong; not essays b. Form of multiple choice c. Multiple choice with more than one possible right answer i. Question, 5 answers, anywhere from 1-5 of the answers could be correct ii. Choose which are correct iii. Never lose more than the value of a question d. Set of facts, set of evidence, make decision on whether the evidence is admissible or not i. As well as what kinds of evidence it is, pay attention to evidence codes III. Law needs set of rules
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Comm170 Legal Communication Lecture Notes a. Need ways to make decisions about what should happen to people, etc. b. Punishment Laws—in the old days, it was compensation that was main; either money or life i. Need appropriate consequence implemented, but need to figure out way to see if person actually did violate the law c. City law—ordinance i. Not necessarily all the same for different cities d. State law—statute i. Binds people in state e. National law—statute i. Governs all of the USA, regulates relationships between people all through the country as an entity f. Constitution—really big LAW; trumps everything g. If little law bumps into big law, little law loses h. All laws are made by elected officials except for the Constitution which is held by people in the Supreme Court which are never elected to anything, but hold extreme power i. Some laws are very specific, like BAC; Constitution doesn’t have anything like that j. Due Process of Law, Equal Protection of Law—very imprecise terms, open to subjective interpretation; 1896 S. Court was asked whether or not states could by law, discriminate people by race i. S. Court—Plessy vs. Ferguson; whether or not racially separate schools violated equal protection of the law clause ii. Said no problem, as long as the separate entities are equal, it doesn’t violate it iii. 1954—Brown vs. Board of Education, different court; looked at the exact same question and said that it was unconstitutional and violated
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