2-3 slide power point presentation on Arson:
- Define the elements of the crime, including the actus reusand mens rea for each crime. Make sure to cite a state criminal statute for each crime.
- Identify whether the crime can be classified as a crime against property, crime against person, or a crime against public order and why the crime is so classified.
- Describe a factual scenario, either fictional or true in fact, in which the crime is committed. Should there be different penalties for crimes against property, people, and public order? Why? Do you believe that crimes in one category are more serious? Support your argument with examples as to why these crimes are similar or different.
- Referring to your factual scenario, how would a person’s ideas about multiculturalism and diversity impact the penalties for the crime? For example, depending on the crime a defendant’s sentence might be decided by either a judge or a jury. Based on the particular juror or judge’s socio-economic, cultural or religious backgrounds, do you think that these individuals have certain opinions as to how stringent a defendant’s sentence should be?
- Provide your opinion as to whether judges should be given wide discretion in determining the appropriate sentence for a defendant.