Like Russ (see here), I try to regularly incorporate short video clips in class. I use video to hear from parties involved in cases that we read about, and I also use video to set up additional scenarios for discussion based upon the reading. Here are two clips I’ve used while teaching Chapter 7, Special Ethical Rules: Prosecutors and Judges. These both address prosecutors. Clips for judges to follow soon!
This is a film from Dateline MSNBC about Prosecutor Stephen Bibb, who assisted the defense because he believed that the men he was assigned to prosecute, Olmedo Hildalgo and David Lemus, were innocent. I don’t show the full film in class–but show a couple of highlights to set up a discussion, and then play the judge’s comments from the bench, applauding Bibb’s decision. For more on the case, see this NYT article.
This is an interview with John Thompson, whose $14 million jury verdict for wrongful conviction (based upon the withholding of exculpatory evidence) was overturned by the US Supreme Court in Connick v. Thompson.
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[…] As a supplement to materials on the special role of judges in Chapter 7, I show this Nightline clip on Don Blankenship’s role in the Massey Coal case and the profile on Greg Wersal from Duke Law’s film on White v. Republican Party of Minnesota. For videos I show with the material on special duties of prosecutors, see this post. […]