Kinney trial preparation

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Kinney trial preparation

  1. 1. By Lois Duncan The Trial
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>The Plot </li></ul><ul><li>The Plot Thickens </li></ul><ul><li>Trial Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecution’s Case </li></ul><ul><li>Defense’s Case </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Objections </li></ul><ul><li>Responses to Objections </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary/Expressions </li></ul><ul><li>Role Choices </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mr. Griffin <ul><li>A very strict English teacher because of his desire to really help his students </li></ul><ul><li>Very stressed by his work and has to take heart medicine every hour on the hour </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mrs. Griffin <ul><li>Mr. Griffin’s pregnant wife </li></ul><ul><li>Knows who all Mr. Griffin’s students are because he cares about them so much that he’s always talking to her about them </li></ul>
  5. 5. Jeff Garrett <ul><li>A star player on the high school’s football team </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Kinney’s best friend </li></ul><ul><li>Betsy Cline’s boyfriend </li></ul><ul><li>Not doing well in Mr. Griffin’s class </li></ul>
  6. 6. Betsy Cline <ul><li>A cheerleader </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Garrett’s girlfriend </li></ul><ul><li>Secretly has a crush on Mark Kinney </li></ul><ul><li>Not doing well in Mr. Griffin’s class </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mark Kinney <ul><li>Strange but magnetic person </li></ul><ul><li>Lives with aunt and uncle because his parents are both dead </li></ul><ul><li>Failed Mr. Griffin’s class last year and failing again this year </li></ul>
  8. 8. Irv Kinney <ul><li>Mark’s uncle </li></ul><ul><li>Suspects Mark set the fire that killed his parents since they were planning on sending him to juvenile hall after he stole their credit cards </li></ul><ul><li>Once caught Mark and Jeff throwing a burning cat off a roof </li></ul>
  9. 9. David Ruggles <ul><li>Student body president </li></ul><ul><li>Getting a B in Mr. Griffin’s class </li></ul><ul><li>Has a lot of other responsibilities since his father abandoned him, his mother, and his grandmother when David was six. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sue McConnell <ul><li>Best student in the school </li></ul><ul><li>Secretly has a crush on David Ruggles, but he doesn’t seem to know she’s alive </li></ul><ul><li>Has an A in Mr. Griffin’s class, but did get a B on a paper for that class recently </li></ul>
  11. 11. Debra Braden <ul><li>The Ruggle’s nosy neighbor </li></ul><ul><li>Spends most of her time watching what her neighbors are doing </li></ul><ul><li>Has made 18 calls to the police this year about suspicious activity in her neighborhood </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Plot <ul><li>Mark wants to kidnap and scare Mr. Griffin so he’ll agree to become an easier teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark gets David to ask Sue to keep Mr. Griffin late after school to discuss a paper she turned in. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Plot <ul><li>When Mr. Griffin goes to the empty parking lot, Mark and Jeff will be waiting in his car and will put a paper bag over his head, blindfold him, and take him to the mountains. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Plot <ul><li>Betsy will make an alibi for Mark and Jeff by calling her mother at work about the boys eating up a cake Betsy will throw down the garbage disposal. </li></ul><ul><li>Betsy will then go pick Mark and Jeff up from the mountains. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Betsy gets a speeding ticket and calls attention to herself by threatening to have her dad, the police chief, fire the officer. </li></ul><ul><li>Sue goes out to the parking lot with Mr. Griffin and becomes a witness to the crime. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Mr. Griffin thinks only of Sue’s safety and yells at her to run, so she feels extremely guilty about her role. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Griffin refuses to beg so Mark convinces everyone to leave Mr. Griffin alone on the mountain all night. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Mr. Griffin has a heart attack and dies because he can’t take his heart medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark convinces everyone to bury Mr. Griffin there, but not before David takes Mr. Griffin’s college ring and covers Mr. Griffin’s face with his letterman’s jacket. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>When Betsy and David try to abandon Mr. Griffin’s car at an airport, they are seen and followed by the police officer that gave Betsy the ticket. </li></ul><ul><li>Sue is interrogated by the police and is unconvincing. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Mrs. Griffin refuses to believe Sue saw a beautiful blond in a dark green mini-skirt waiting for Mr. Griffin in his car. </li></ul><ul><li>David’s grandmother finds and takes Mr. Griffin’s ring believing that its David’s father and David knows where he is. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Mark kills David’s grandmother and makes it look like an accident, but the nosy neighbor reported seeing a strange teenage boy in a brown sweater in the Ruggles’ house at the time of the murder. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Jeff can’t abandon Mr. Griffin’s car in the desert as planned because his alibi to his parents was that he was staying overnight at David’s, but a sleepover right after a murder is discovered is in poor taste. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Plot Thickens <ul><li>Sue notices Mark is wearing a brown sweater when she hears of the murder of David’s grandmother, so ties her up at her house and sets her house on fire. </li></ul><ul><li>Fortunately, the police and Mrs. Griffin arrive just as Mark is fleeing. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Trial Procedure <ul><li>Opening statements (1 minute per side) </li></ul><ul><li>Testimony and cross-examination (15 minutes per side) </li></ul><ul><li>Closing statements (1 minutes per side) </li></ul><ul><li>Judge’s decision </li></ul>
  24. 24. Prosecution’s Case <ul><li>Mark had strong motives for each crime. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark knew about Mr. Griffin’s heart problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark has shown little or no remorse. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark has a history of violence. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Defense’s Case <ul><li>Mr. Griffin died of a heart attack, not murder. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark didn’t know about Mr. Griffin’s heart problem. </li></ul><ul><li>David was as involved or more involved than Mark. </li></ul><ul><li>Sue is not believable because of her feelings for David. </li></ul><ul><li>A brown sweater at dusk 100 feet away isn’t enough to identify anyone. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Possible Objections <ul><li>Leading the witness: putting words into a witness’s mouth by making statements instead of asking real questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Badgering the witness: scaring or being rude to a witness. </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant: bringing up issues that won’t help the judge or jury decide this particular case. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Responses to Objections <ul><li>Sustained: the objection is a good one. The jury should ignore what the lawyer/witness just said. </li></ul><ul><li>Overruled: the objection is not good. Please continue. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Additional Vocabulary/ Expressions <ul><li>Order in the court. </li></ul><ul><li>May I remind you that you are under oath. </li></ul><ul><li>Please restate your question. </li></ul><ul><li>If you _____, I will hold you in contempt of court. </li></ul><ul><li>Have you any further questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Not guilty on grounds of insanity. </li></ul><ul><li>1 st degree murder: premeditated, planned. </li></ul><ul><li>Involuntary manslaughter: through an accident or carelessness you cause someone to die. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Role Choices <ul><li>Prosecution Team </li></ul><ul><li>Attorney(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Sue McConnell </li></ul><ul><li>David Ruggles </li></ul><ul><li>Debra Braden </li></ul><ul><li>Detective Baca </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatrist # 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Ruggles </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. McConnell </li></ul><ul><li>Defense Team </li></ul><ul><li>Attorney(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Kinney </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Garrett </li></ul><ul><li>Irv Kinney </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatrist #2 </li></ul><ul><li>Coroner </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Bailiff </li></ul><ul><li>Jury </li></ul>

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