Learning Goal: I’m working on a communications writing question and need the explanation and answer to help me learn.
THE ESSAY SHOULD BE TYPED AND IS CHECKED FOR PLAGIARISM AND BE 6-7 PAGES IN LENGTH. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO ANALYZE THE PROBLEM CAREFULLY, SYNTHESIZE MATERIALS EFFECTIVELY, AND EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS AND CONCLUSIONS COHERENTLY. BE SURE TO MAKE APPROPRIATE REFERENCES TO FILMS, DISCUSSIONS, AND EXTERNAL SOURCES WHEREVER RELEVANT AND APPROPRIATE TO YOUR RESPONSE.
This is based on the film Thelma and Louise directed by Ridley Scott. Imagine that you have been working as a paid summer intern in the Prosecuting Attorneys Office in an Arkansas county. One day, your supervising attorney, I. M. Goodolboy, tells you about an interesting case he is working on. He says that there was a homicide at a roadhouse bar and a woman named Louise was arrested for shooting a very bad, sexist man named Harlan. Louise apparently killed him after he had attempted to rape her friend Thema. I. M. continues by saying the record shows that after the two women started walking away, Harlan shouted some ugly vulgarities at them, and thats when Louise took out the gun and shot him. Then he shows you the file. I have to decide whether to file criminal charges against Louise. Im pretty sure I can make the case and get a guilty verdict. But Im conflicted. My concern is whether she was morally justified in committing that act or not. Id like your opinion. Please give me a memo, 6 to 7 pages, on whether you think she was justified and whether you think I should file charges against her or not. Its my decision. My responsibility is to use my discretion in the interests of justice. Thats a prosecutors job. Would justice be served? Your memo should be on issues of ethics and social policy, not law. Thats my domain! I value your views about this matter. Leave the technical legal issues to me. Thanks.