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  • Familiarize students with the key legal terms used in this lesson. Divide students into pairs. Make enough copies of “Key Terms in a Criminal Case” for each pair. Separate the terms from the definitions and place the terms in one envelope and the definitions in another. Distribute the two envelopes to each pair of students and have them match the terms to the definitions.

  • Conduct an in-depth investigation of the constitutional rights of the accused. As a class, review the four constitutional amendments listed at the beginning of the essay, “Rights of the Accused”. Then assign each group a section of the essay and ask them to read it together and develop a summary to share with the rest of the class. Discuss the historical background of these constitutional protections for the accused, then investigate how these rights have been interpreted in some of the Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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