Basic facts of the case.

Case Write-Up Instructions

Your write-up should be  2 pages,  double spaced, at standard type face (12 or 14 point).

It should briefly (in very few sentences) lay out the basic facts of the case. These are usually generally agreed upon by the time it gets to final appeal stage; i.e., the Supreme Court of a Federal District court.

What is much more important is the issue at law – the dispute about what the law means or how it should be interpreted.

What was the majority of the court’s decision in the case, and – more importantly – what was the basic reasoning behind this decision?

If you are asked to read a dissent in the case, what was the decision and reasoning in the minority?

Do you agree or disagree with the court’s decision?  Explain why.

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