Purdue University Law Type of Defense Discussion

Purdue University Law Type of Defense Discussion

Purdue University Law Type of Defense Discussion


In the news recently there have been multiple stories about the January 6th insurrection incident in Washington D.C. and the hundreds of arrests that have followed. I want you to discuss; what type of defense (only one) that you think would be the most effective to argue if you were the defense attorney to one of the people charged in this incident (Defense that Negates Mens Rea; mistake of fact, necessity excused conduct, Defense of Justification, Procedural Defense, Defenses of excuse, Insanity Defense, etc.)(Chapter 1, pgs. 27-29). In your first paragraph demonstrate your knowledge of the defense you choose and explain it. In your second paragraph explain why this defense is the best for the people charged in this incident, you can also explain why the other options wouldn’t be effective.

Cite sources using APA. Discussion will consist of two paragraph in length however you can write as much as needed to completely respond to the prompt. The first paragraph will be a demonstration of knowledge proving you have read the textbook material associated with this topic. The second paragraph will be opinion based,

Textbook being used: America’s Courts and the Criminal Justice System 13th edition by David W. Neubauer, & Henry F. Fradella

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