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  • Reversal of Fortune: Why Help Guilty People?

    6th amendment
    united states constitution
    Sunny challenges the class to not advocate for the guilty man, stating that by doing so they are becoming advocates for the crime. Her professor provides a rebuttal and asks if the man really had a fair trial. The basis of the legal system is that everyone gets a defense and the right to a fair trial.

  • Reversal of Fortune: Introducing New Evidence

    new evidence on appeal
    appellate review
    Professor Dershowitz attempts to bring new evidence to a case on appeal and initially gets shutdown by the judge. He states that the judge himself established that a case based on circumstantial theory only stands up if no other theory makes sense. The professor can only show a better theory by presenting it. As a result, the judge grants him permission to present new evidence.