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November 3, 2011

Game plan for Friday November 4 and next week... UPDATED!!

I am sorry the excitement of the first Ohio DP Task Force meeting (now reported here in the Columbus Dispatch and here by the AP) slowed us down today.  Fortunately, this just means less work for students next week as I adjust our readings/focus.  Here is a revised agenda for Friday and beyond, with some additional recommended events in the mix:

Friday 11/4: "Framing Innocence" event at 12noon in Room 252 (be sure to RSVP to make sure you get a lunch) AND Sentencing Movie Matinee at 3pm in Room 344 (at which snacks will be provided and after which will be a Berman happy hour).  In addition, for any early risers seeking a free breakfast, consider attending this event over in the Journalism Building in which Heather Washington, an OSU Ph.D. Candidate, will present her work on "Parental Incarceration and Children's Behavior Problems: Uncovering the Not-So-Universal Effects of Fathers' Imprisonment."

Tuesday 11/8: Class will focus on quantifying offense conduct with emphasis on Coker v. Georgia (in casebook) and Problem 4-7 (p. 321 in casebook).

Thursday 11/10Bodiker Lecture at 12 noon in Saxbe Auditorium (be sure to RSVP to make sure you get a lunch) AND class will focus on quantifying "mitigating" offender characteristics with emphasis on State v. Tiernan & USSG 3E1.1 (in casebook), as well as Problem 5-4 & US v. Pepper (in on-line supplement at pp. 66-79, and also in full form at this link).

Friday 11/11IF INTERESTED ... another Sentencing Movie Matinee at 3pm in Room 344 (at which snacks will be provided and after which will be a Berman happy hour). 

Monday AM UPDATE:  I was VERY pleased with the number of persons who made it to the Sentencing Movie Matinee last Friday, and I want to do another one (this time with an even better, but longer, movie).  

But having figured out that 11/11/11 is a holiday, I am thinking of doing the movie on Monday 11/14 at 3pm.  But only if some people are available/interested to watch this great movie at that time.  Please report in the comments whether you might be able/interested in attending an even better movie on Monday 11/14.

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I have a prison tour scheduled for this Friday, time still to be announced, so I am not sure whether I will be able to make it. Monday, I have class at 3:55 P.M., so I would have to leave early if it was shown then. The clips from the movie do look good though!

Posted by: Isabella | Nov 7, 2011 2:11:04 PM

I am always up for a good movie, but I would also have to leave early due to a class conflict at 3:55 on Monday.

Posted by: Patrick M. | Nov 7, 2011 2:45:52 PM

What if we started at 2pm?

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 7, 2011 3:57:50 PM

I'm in for any time after 12

Posted by: Kevin S | Nov 7, 2011 10:26:18 PM

I'd be interested. I have class Monday until 2:45.

Posted by: Shawna | Nov 7, 2011 11:01:55 PM

I've got class at 4:20, but I'd at least show up for part of it.

Posted by: Colin P | Nov 8, 2011 10:08:15 AM

I would be interested in attending but have class from 2:55 - 3:45.

Posted by: Todd Seaman | Nov 8, 2011 10:22:45 AM

I would like to attend, but would have to leave in time for class at 4:20.

Posted by: Jennifer H | Nov 8, 2011 10:35:24 AM

I'd be in but have class at 3:55.

Posted by: Sean B. | Nov 8, 2011 11:40:08 AM

I would love to join for the movie, but it is contingent on how long the film will be. The prosecution clinic meets at 3:55 on Monday. The suggested early start time of 2 p.m. would be helpful.

Posted by: Olivia Bumb | Nov 8, 2011 11:41:51 AM

Could we do it at lunch time? I also wouldn't mind coming in on Friday, even if it is a holiday.

Posted by: Melissa W | Nov 8, 2011 11:48:58 AM

Related to movies, I was just reading about the new documentary Into the Abyss, being released on Friday. I can't find any showtimes in Columbus, but maybe it will be released here sometime before the end of the semester. It's by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and details the experiences of two guys involved in a triple homicide in Texas, one who is on death row and the other serving life.

Even though we are done talking about the death penalty in class, it looks like the film offers a perspective covering much of what we have already discussed and maybe some LWOP thrown in, as it looks to why we use the death penalty and what the effects are on the convicted and people in the community. Also, it has a lot of those wreathy/leafy award graphics so it must be pretty good.

Posted by: Colin P | Nov 9, 2011 9:50:43 AM

I generally work until 4, but I *might* be able to leave early if it's academically related...

Posted by: Krystin Brehm | Nov 10, 2011 3:00:24 PM

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