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Evidence keyed to Fisher
U.S. v. Owens
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- Topic: Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
- Procedural Posture & History: Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
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- Brief Facts: A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
Victim was beaten with a metal pipe and suffered a fractured skull and, as a result, was hospitalized for nearly a month. Victim suffered severe memory loss from his injuries, and when interviewed by an investigator concerning the assault, could not recall the name of his attacker. In a subsequent meeting with the investigator, however, he named Respondent as the perpetrator, and identified Respondent from a series of photographs. At trial, Victim stated that he clearly remembered identifying Respondent during the second interview, but on cross-examination, admitted that he did not remember any other visitors he had in the hospital except for the investigator. Further, Respondent admitted during cross-examination, he could not recall whether any visitors had suggested to him that Respondent had committed the crime. Ultimately, Respondent was convicted of the crime, and time was added to the sentence he was already serving.
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- Reasoning and Analysis: Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.
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