week 6: Mon Oct 5 & Wed Oct 7
Legal reasoning is not only about rules and their interpretation, but also about “facts”. In this respect, we will examine the distinction between “matters of fact” and “matters of law”.
reading – Schauer, Law and Fact
week 7: Wed Oct 14 — No class on Mon Oct 12
Same topic as last week.
watching – Twelve Angry Men (1957)
week 8: Mon Oct 19 & Wed Oct 21
The standard of proof in criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt. What does that mean, exactly? [slides]
reading – in re Winship (1970) [PDF]
week 9: Mon Oct 26 & Wed Oct 28
We will see how the law/fact distinction is apparent in how appellate courts reach their decisions.
reading – People v. Goetz (NY 1986) [PDF]