Thursday, September 16, 2004

Film Clip Hypos 

I'm really enjoying my Evidence class. The professor is new to the school, so none of us had any insight to her style. She's intelligent and enthusiastic and all that good stuff, but the kicker is that she uses film clips to set up hypos! In case you hadn't noticed, I kind of enjoy movies, so this is like the best of both worlds. The first clip she used on the first day of class was from Thelma and Louise. I had a feeling this was going to be a good class.

Since then we've seen clips from such films as The Verdict, Anatomy of a Murder, Brother's Keeper, and Presumed Innocent.

Last night we got a clip from Broadcast News. It was one of my favorite Joan Cusack scenes, where she's the production assistant who has to run the just-edited videotape over to the news studio, where the broadcast has already started. In the middle of the run she hurdles over a small child in a hallway, then continues her mad dash. The hypo was to assume that she hadn't been as successful in her leap, and the child had been injured, but she had continued on in the same way as in the film. The parents were then suing for damages based on negligence. Could the plaintiff introduce witnesses to testify about her actions after the collision without running into a Rule 404(b) barrier?

Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:54 AM