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For this weeks discussion you will use the case (State v. Ransom) on pp 411-425 as well as rely on your understanding of weak arguments from Chapter 12 and 13.

Note that your project is also based on State v. Ransom. As such, youâll want to become intimate with the details of the case early on.


Youâll create one witness for the State (the testimony will support the Stateâs case) and one witness for the Defense (the testimony will support the Defenseâs case). Each witness will give testimony before the court.

  1. Your witness is novel â your own creation. It may be any kind of witness. You may add new information (statements). We are leaving it open whether that information is true or false (think Chapter 16).
  2. The testimony will be in the form of a dialogue between the witness and the lawyer. For example, the witness for the State will be a dialogue between the witness and the Stateâs attorney. Do not include the other attorney that would cross-examine the witness (that will be part of replies).
    1. You may use the dialogue to set-up background information needed to make your witness believable given the details of the entire case.
  3. The testimony cannot be an eyewitness to the crime (there are no eyewitnesses to the crime in this case!)
  4. The testimony of the witness will be weak as it should be based on material from Chapter 12 and 13. The craft is simply on whether you can make a weak argument sound strong.
  5. A proficient response will have each witness provide one deceptive argument type within Chapter 12 and one deceptive argument type within Chapter 13. Thus, proficiency would contain 4 deceptive arguments, 2 for the witness for the Defense and two for witness for the State.
    1. Mastery would contain an example of 2 types of deceptive arguments within each chapter (12 and 13) for each witness.
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