The Michelle Carter case involved the death of Conrad Roy III.
Case AnalysisrnrnThe Michelle Carter case involved the death of Conrad Roy III. Mr. Roy dies after Michelle Carter sent text messages encouraging him to commit suicide. Ultimately Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter due to her participation in Roy’s death. rnAssignment Requirements:rnrnStructure your paper as follows:rnrnI. Introductionrnrn1. Give a brief explanation of the burden of proof, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal prosecution.rnrn2. Give a brief explanation of prima facie.rnrn3. Give a brief explanation of the applicable code the prosecution was brought under.rnrn4. Give a brief explanation of why the Carter trial was so pivotal to the prosecution of crimes in the United States.rnrnII. Opening Statementsrnrn1. Which attorney was most persuasive?rnrn2. Which attorney gave the jury more significant facts to consider?rnrnIII. Establishing/Challenging a Prima Facie Case for Murderrnrn1. Name one key witness who helped establish a prima facie case of homicide for the prosecution or challenged a prima facie case for the defense, and explain why he or she helped or hurt the prosecution of the case.rnrnIV. Evidencernrn1. What other evidence (than testimony) was significant in establishing or challenging a prima facie case of murder?rnrnV. Closing Argumentsrnrn1. Describe why one was more persuasive than the other, and how the jury would have been persuaded one way or the other based on the closing statements.rnrnVI. Outside Factorsrnrn1. Are there any other outside factors, other than those listed in the book that affected this case? (e.g., the media, society)rnrn2. Why do you think this is such a divisive case in the United States?rnrnVII. Concluding thoughtsrnrnAs a budding criminal justice scholar, discuss briefly why this case is important to the study of criminal justice and criminal prosecution, and how reading primary documentation about it has changed your own perspective on the case