April 4, 2017
At school, two lawyers came to talk about their job. The next time that they would come, we would roleplay being in court. The story of the role play:
Vlad and his son, Chad, have just come from Buckstahoeey, where you could borrow something from your neighbor without asking. When you took something, it would be polite for the owner of the item to protest. Vlad’s new house, had a pool. He wanted Chad to feel just like all the other people so he asked Chad to borrow a hose from their neighbor, Jerry Redcap. Jerry saw Chad taking his hose and went outside to protest, but then Chad pushed him gently, not knowing that he fell.
Minutes later, the police came by just to check to make sure everyone was okay, it was part of his shift’s job. He saw that Chad was a teenager with a purple mohawk so he was suspicious. He asked the neighbors and sure enough, Jerry told the police officer that Chad had stolen his hose and he had pushed him and he fell. Edna Mudpie, the other neighbor always does her gardening and by chance saw what had happened. She didn’t see Chad and she didn’t see the reason why Jerry had fallen, but she still knew a bit. Chad was handcuffed and since he nor his father spoke english, he didn’t know why he was taken into custody.
Then the lawyers told us the people who would be in court too, like a Judge, 12 people as the Jury, a lawyer for the government and a lawyer for the criminal. They gave us an idea of what those people do. For example, the Jury are the people who chose if the criminal is a criminal or if they are innocent. Everyone part of the Jury, or all 12 people have to agree that the person is innocent or if the person is a criminal, or else they keep the court going until they are all satisfied. The judge is basically the referee of the whole thing. They decide if a question the lawyers ask the witness or the criminal is useful or if it has nothing to do with the subject. If anyone has a piece of proof, the judge decides if it is a useful proof that can be used against or for the criminal.
I would like to be the lawyer for Chad, because I have many reasons why he is innocent. He doesn’t speak English for one, so he wouldn’t understand anything. In his old neighborhood, he could also take things and borrow them without permission, so it is a normal reflex.