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    Courts, decisions, rights, and Florida court system

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    Consider the attached case study.

    How do the courts normally notify a person that he or she must report for jury duty? What happens if that person ignores the notice?

    What is the structure of your state's courts? What is the reasoning for their arrangement in that way?

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    In a case in Wisconsin, Douglas wrote about a killing with a machete in a class assignment for a creative writing class. The lower court found that he was delinquent, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed the decision because in the creative writing class, there has to be some creative license, more than in a math or science based class. The court said, student conduct aside, the First Amendment protected his right to create graphically in his work.
    The second case, searching a locker for weapons, acting on rumors, is permissible. Lockers are not seen as protected when a threat is possible. As for the religious charges, first they are silly. Second, no one can be suspended for religious beliefs, especially within a known religion. This is true for non religious beliefs as well. Religion and its practice is protected under the first amendments, and scars/tattoos, drawings of a personal nature are also exempt. There is no mention in this case of whether tattoos or "scars" are banned, so one can assume that this is not something schools are normally used to addressing. As for hexing the teacher who later became ill, the student was right in saying her rights were violated over something over which she had no control. The teacher getting sick in a school full of children, could have been caused by any number of things and again, this is just silly.
    The girl was denied due process in reviewing the case and having a hearing. Actus Reus, or the guilty act was to write the essay for class. Mens rea, or the guilty mind, planning to actually carry out the shooting on the bus, was not present. She obviously did not have weapons so there was no guilty act, nor a mind to carry out an attack. In terms of the hexing, should hexing be possible by a teenage girl, it is a case of did she and who said she did, and if she actually thought it would work. There are no actual ...

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    Discussions of laws based on submitted information and questions of student.