Write a Story from a Courtroom Essay

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SAMPLE COURT WATCH REPORT
(This sample report is based upon several real cases, but the names, dates and many details are fictitious)
COURT WATCH REPORT

1)

Student Name: Sally Student

2)

CRJ 105 - Prof. Cable – Section # CC1

3)

Date Turned In: November 13, 2008

4)

Date/Time of Observation: October 2, 2008 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

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Court: Monroe County Court

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Case Name: People v. David Defendant

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Presiding Judge: Hon. Gerald Judge

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Assistant District Attorney: Pamela Prosecutor

9)

Defense Attorney: Larry Litigator

10) Charges:
Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (two counts)
Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (four counts)
Attempted criminal possession of a weapon third degree (one
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Give specific examples to support your impressions. The judge appeared to have things well under control in his courtroom and kept the proceedings moving forward efficiently. He spoke clearly and distinctly so that everyone in the courtroom could hear. However, he displayed some impatience in his comments and facial expressions when the defense attorney,

CRJ 105-CC1
Sally Student
Court Watch Report – p. 3
Mr. Litigator, fumbled about during cross-examination. His frustration was understandable, but it seemed inappropriate for the judge to display such emotions in front of the jury.

4) Describe your impressions of the prosecutor – his/her appearance, demeanor, job performance, etc. Give specific examples to support your impressions.
The prosecutor provided a big contrast to the defense attorney. She was very confident and brusque, almost to the point of rudeness. She did not shuffle papers or take long pauses during questioning to consult her notes. She simply asked questions in a very direct, concise way.
Ms. Prosecutor looked very professional in a conservative dark suit and low heels. Her appearance in no way detracted from her performance.

5) Describe your impressions of the defense attorney – his/her appearance, demeanor, job performance, etc. Give specific examples to support your impressions. I was, quite frankly, very unimpressed with Mr. Litigator. He appeared

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