‘Affluenza’ Teen Court Case

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Discussion Questions:
You don’t have to answer every question below, but you do need to answer at least 6 questions. Basically, answer the ones that are most appealing to you.

1.After watching the two video clips on “’Affluenza’ Teen Court Case,” what do you think was the most important factor, race or money? If you believed race was a major factor, then do you think it would have mattered if the jury race makeup was all non-white? And if it were money, then tell us why?
2.Do you think people are usually more suspicious of poor people compared to the rich? If so, why or why not? why or why not?
3.Who do you believe gets away with crime (the most) in our society – The rich or the poor?
4.After watching the video on “’ Defendants’ Reaction To Life Prison Sentence,” would you say that, to some extent, the stereotypic views of minorities (in this case, African Americans) played a role in what appears to be a very harsh prison sentence? If so, why or why not?
5.When someone gets into trouble with the law in our country, which do you think is more important: race or money?
6.Do you think prosecutors spend more money making sure poor people are sent to prison than they do pursuing the rich?
7.Do you think rich folks (like Martha Stewart) get off easy when they break the law? If so, why or why not?
8.Do you think our criminal court is fair to the poor?

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