Carey v. Musladin
This Sixth Amendment activity is based on the landmark Supreme Court case Carey v. Musladin dealing with the tensions between a fair trial and free speech. Using these talking points to start the discussion, argue your position in answer to the question: Is a defendant facing murder charges deprived of an impartial jury when spectators wear pictures of the murder victim in court?
About these Resources
- The agenda may be used as it is, or it may be modified.
- Analyze the facts and case summary for Carey v. Musladin.
- Build arguments for both sides, starting with these talking points.
How to Use these Resources
This activity is a modified Oxford style debate.
- To get started, have participants read the Carey v. Musladin facts and case summary.
- Assign student attorneys to the issues listed in the talking points. They are suggested points–not a script–for the debate. Student attorneys are encouraged to add their own arguments.
- All other students are jurors who deliberate (and may refer to these talking points) during the open floor debate. They debate among themselves in the large group or smaller groups and come to a verdict after the attorneys present closing arguments.