Have A Lawyer's Mind? Solve These Crimes And Find Out!

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Following are some instances and cases of crime, in each question, you will be given a detailed description of the crime scene. You have to decode the information and find out who is the killer. Take this quiz to see if you have the mind of a lawyer!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Mark is standing out at the school bus stop with his child, waiting for his daughter to be picked up.  Usually, he talks to the other parents who are present, but today he is the only adult there.  The kids waiting for the bus are talking and playing, and two are playing catch along the curb.  Mark knows this is dangerous, and decides to seize this teachable moment and tell his daughter what not to do.  “See, Nancy?  Those kids are playing ball close to the street, and if they accidently run off the curb, they could get hit,” he says.  Just as he says this, one of the kids misses a catch, and the ball goes into the street near Mark’s feet; the kids runs after it, within a six inches of Mark and Nancy, and is hit by a passing car. “See what I mean, Nancy? You have to be safe,” Mark says.  The prosecutor charges Mark with endangering the child who was hit, because he did not stop the child from running into the street. The jury should:
    • A. 

      Find Mark guilty, because he could have grabbed the child when the child ran by him without any risk to his (Mark’s) own safety

    • B. 

      Find Mark not guilty, because Mark was not actually aware of the risk to the child

    • C. 

      Find Mark not guilty, because it was someone else’s child

    • D. 

      Find Mark guilty, because as the only adult on the scene, the child was his responsibility.

  • 2. 
    Bob came home very late, and went into his apartment building.  He went up to the second floor, where his apartment is located.  Bob was not paying close attention, and mistakenly went to the wrong apartment door, which happened to be unlocked when he turned the door handle.  The apartment was also dark, and when he went inside and flipped on the light, he woke up the apartment’s tenant, who screamed.  Bob left immediately and found his own apartment and went inside.  The other tenant called the police, who arrested Bob for burglary.  This common law jurisdiction defines burglary as breaking and entering the home of another, with intent to commit a crime.  At trial, Bob tells the jury that he thought he was entering his own apartment.  The jury should:
    • A. 

      Find Bob guilty, because entering the apartment was a result of his own lack of attention, and ignorance is no excuse

    • B. 

      Find Bob guilty, because while the jury believed that Bob really had thought he was entering into his own apartment, no reasonable person would have made that mistake

    • C. 

      Find Bob not guilty, because his mistake was reasonable.

    • D. 

      Find Bob not guilty, as long as the jury believed that Bob really thought he entered his own apartment

  • 3. 
    One morning, Barbara woke up, and went down to the kitchen to have breakfast.  When she got there, she opened the refrigerator and found that all of the orange juice had been consumed and the carton left on the counter.  A new package of donuts had been opened, and four of the dozen donuts were gone.  Barbara didn’t know what to make of this; it seemed unlikely that a thief would only consume food and drink, and would also leave the packaging out to be found.  So Barbara set up a webcam in the kitchen before going to bed that night.  The next morning, Barbara reviewed the webcam video, and there was her neighbor, Paolo, shuffling slowly into the kitchen, taking orange juice out of the refrigerator, and taking out a big piece of birthday cake out and eating that, too.  When finished, Paolo left the orange juice container and the rest of the cake on the counter and shuffled toward the front door, and went out, all with his head down and his eyes seemingly closed.  Paulo is charged with theft.  At his trial, Paolo says he was sleepwalking and did not know what he was doing.  Paolo’s doctor testifies that Paolo has had sleepwalking episodes in the last five years, including five in the last two months.  The jury should:
    • A. 

      Find Paolo guilty, because his mistake was not reasonable

    • B. 

      Find Paolo not guilty, because he lacked the necessary mens rea.

    • C. 

      Find Paolo not guilty, because he did not commit the actus reus of the crime

    • D. 

      Find Paolo guilty, because the prosecutor can prove everything necessary for the crime

  • 4. 
    Michelle was a race car driver.  She was very experienced, and she was in fact an excellent driver.  Don, a fellow racer, offered her a bet: If she could drive down Forbes Avenue from Craft Avenue to Bigelow Boulevard at noon at 90 miles an hour without hitting another vehicle, disregarding all traffic signals, he would pay her $1000.  Michelle knows she’s the best, and she’s very confident.  “Hey, Don, if you really want me to take your money, sure, it’s a bet.  Better take it out of your wallet right now. I’ve had some close calls but never had an accident, and I’ve been racing for 14 years.”  Michelle gets in her car, pulls onto Forbes, and speeds toward Bigelow.  Unfortunately, she loses the bet when she strikes a pedestrian at Forbes and Bouquet, killing him.  Michelle is charged with homicide.  Under the Model Penal Code, with what mens rea did Michelle act?
    • A. 

      Purposefully, because it was her conscious object to accept the bet and win it

    • B. 

      Knowingly, because it was practically certain that Michelle would kill someone

    • C. 

      Recklessly, because Michelle knew there was a risk and decided to take it anyway

    • D. 

      Negligently, because Michelle did not know there was a risk, but she should have

  • 5. 
    Don and Dan are roommates.  Don beats Dan, breaking his nose and jaw, and forces Dan to leave their apartment at gunpoint.  Dan goes to the emergency room at the hospital down the street for his wounds.  While there, Dan is treated by Doc, the emergency room physician.  Dan catches a cold from Doc.  Because of his weakened state from the loss of blood from his nose, the cold gets very severe, and Dan dies four days later.  Don is charged with homicide in the death of Dan.  The jury should:
    • A. 

      Find Don guilty, because Doc’s emergency treatment of Dan is a responsive intervening cause and illness transmitted to the patient does not break the chain

    • B. 

      Find Don not guilty, because his actions did not kill Dan and only put Dan in the wrong place at the wrong time

    • C. 

      Don guilty, because but for his actions, Dan would not have seen Doc for treatment, would not have caught the flu, and would still be alive

    • D. 

      Find Don guilty, because the actor must take his victim as he finds him, and Dan was more susceptible to the cold

  • 6. 
    A state statute provides: “Aggravated robbery of the elderly consists of robbery committed against a victim who is 65 years of age or older.” Another state statute provides that when a criminal statute does not designate a necessary mental state,the mental state required is recklessness.  A third state statute provides that a person acts recklessly if the person “consciously disregards a substantial and unjustified risk that the material element exists or will result from the person’s conduct.”  The evidence at a criminal trial showed that the defendant robbed a 66-year-old man outside a senior citizens’center. The defendant testified truthfully that the robbery had occurred on a dark night,that she had had no idea how old the victim was and had not cared how old the victim was, and that she had intended to rob whomever she encountered.  Could the defendant properly be convicted of aggravated robbery of the elderly?
    • A. 

      No, because the only evidence on the issue showed that the defendant did not know, nor could she reasonably have known, the victim’s age

    • B. 

      No, because there was no evidence of a substantial risk that the victim was age 65 or older

    • C. 

      Yes, because the evidence was clear that the victim was 66 years old, and the statute is designed to protect the elderly

    • D. 

      Yes, because the jury could find that there was no justification for the defendant’s conduct and that she was willing to take the risk that the victim was age 65 or older.

  • 7. 
    A woman told a man to go into her friend’s unlocked barn and retrieve an expensive black saddle that she said she had loaned to the friend.  The man went to the friend’s barn, opened the door, found a black saddle, and took it back to the woman’s house.  The friend had in fact not borrowed a saddle from the woman, and when the friend discovered her black saddle missing,she suspected that the woman was the thief.  The friend used a screw driver to break into the woman’s house to find the saddle.  Upon discovering the saddle on the woman’s table,the friend took it back and called the police.  The jurisdiction defines burglary as the unlawful entry of a dwelling or outbuilding owned by another with the purpose of committing a crime.  Using that definition, which,if any, of these individuals is guilty of burglary?
    • A. 

      All of them

    • B. 

      Only the friend

    • C. 

      Only the man

    • D. 

      Only the woman

  • 8. 
    A man decided to steal a car he saw parked on a hill.  When he got in and started the engine, the car began rolling down the hill.  The man quickly discovered that the car’s brakes did not work.  He crashed through the window of a store at the bottom of the hill.  The man was charged with larceny of the car (larceny is defined as taking and carrying away the personal property of another with intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property) and with the crime of knowingly damaging the store’s property.  At trial, the judge instructed the jury that if the jury found both that the man was guilty of larceny of the car and that the damage to the store was the result of that larceny, then it should also find him guilty of malicious damage of property.  The man was convicted on both counts.  On appeal, he argued that the conviction for malicious damage of property should be reversed because the instruction was not a correct statement of the law.  Should the man’s conviction be upheld by the appeals court?
    • A. 

      Yes, because his intent to steal the car provides the necessary mental element

    • B. 

      Yes, because he was committing a felony

    • C. 

      No, because the instruction wrongly described the necessary mens rea

    • D. 

      No, because it would violate double jeopardy to convict the man of two crimes for a single act.

  • 9. 
    The following facts apply to Questions 1 and 2. Don, an avid fan of his hometown football team, shot at the leg of Vernon, a star player for a rival team, intending to injure Vernon's leg enough to hospitalize him for a few weeks, but not to kill him. Vernon died from loss of blood. The prosecution now wants to convict Don for the most serious offense possible. Question 1) The best choice as the most serious common law homicide offense for which Don could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      1st Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: Reckless Killing

    • B. 

      2nd Degree Murder: Depraved heart theory

    • C. 

      2nd Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: Negligent Killing

    • D. 

      2nd degree murder committed with intent to cause great bodily harm, death resulting

  • 10. 
    The following facts apply to Questions 1 and 2. Don, an avid fan of his hometown football team, shot at the leg of Vernon, a star player for a rival team, intending to injure Vernon's leg enough to hospitalize him for a few weeks, but not to kill him. Vernon died from loss of blood. The prosecution now wants to convict Don for the most serious offense possible. Question 2: The best choice as the most serious Model Penal Code homicide offense for which Don could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Manslaughter: Recklessly

    • B. 

      Negligent Homicide

    • C. 

      Murder: Recklessly under circumstances exhibiting extreme indifference to human life

    • D. 

      Murder: Knowingly

  • 11. 
    Diane, whose closest friend, Vivian, was dying slowly and painfully from cancer, sat at her friend Vivian's bedside. Vivian, who could no longer move, begged her friend to give her a specified amount of her medicine, which she said would kill her, in order to end her suffering. Diane responded to her friend's pleas and gave her the overdose of medicine. Vivian died from the overdose. The best choice as the most serious Model Penal Code homicide offense for which Diane could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Recklessly under circumstances exhibiting extreme indifference to human life

    • B. 

      Manslaughter: Recklessly

    • C. 

      Murder: Purposely/Knowingly

    • D. 

      Negligent Homicide

  • 12. 
    Questions 4 and 5 are based on the following facts. Dorothy planned to kill rich Aunt Violet by putting poison in her morning coffee. Aunt Violet slept late on the fatal day and her maid, Virginia, drank the coffee instead, instantly expiring. Question 4: The best choice as the most serious common law homicide offense for which Dorothy could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      1st Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: Reckless Killing

    • B. 

      1st Degree Murder

    • C. 

      Not guilty, did not have specific intent for crime

    • D. 

      Intentional killing without premeditation/deliberation

  • 13. 
    Questions 4 and 5 are based on the following facts. Dorothy planned to kill rich Aunt Violet by putting poison in her morning coffee. Aunt Violet slept late on the fatal day and her maid, Virginia, drank the coffee instead, instantly expiring. Question 5) The best choice as the most serious Model Penal Code homicide offense for which Dorothy could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Murder - objective killing

    • B. 

      Manslaughter: recklessly

    • C. 

      Murder - transferred intent

    • D. 

      Felony-Murder

  • 14. 
    Questions 6 and 7 are based on the following facts. Daisy's boyfriend, Dan, dropped her and married her "best friend," Victoria. Six months later, Daisy saw Victoria on the street. Daisy ran up to Victoria and choked her to death. 6) The best choice as the most serious common law homicide offense for which Daisy could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      First Degree Murder

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Depraved Heart Murder

    • D. 

      Failed Manslaughter: Second-Degree Murder

  • 15. 
    Questions 6 and 7 are based on the following facts. Daisy's boyfriend, Dan, dropped her and married her "best friend," Victoria. Six months later, Daisy saw Victoria on the street. Daisy ran up to Victoria and choked her to death. Question 7) The best choice as the most serious Model Penal Code homicide offense for which Daisy could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Murder: purposely/knowingly

    • B. 

      EMED

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Failed Manslaughter - no cooling off period

  • 16. 
    Questions 8 and 9 are based on the following facts. Dave, an avid pilot and experienced aviation stuntman, flew his small plane under several bridges. Under one of the bridges, there was a small boat with people in it. The boat saw Dave coming and tried to avoid him, but in doing so the boat capsized. Two passengers on the boat drowned. Question 8) The best choice as the most serious common law homicide offense for which Dave could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Depraved Heart Murder

    • B. 

      2nd Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: Negligently

    • C. 

      1st Degree Involuntary Manslaughter: Recklessly

    • D. 

      1st Degree Murder

  • 17. 
    Questions 8 and 9 are based on the following facts. Dave, an avid pilot and experienced aviation stuntman, flew his small plane under several bridges. Under one of the bridges, there was a small boat with people in it. The boat saw Dave coming and tried to avoid him, but in doing so the boat capsized. Two passengers on the boat drowned. Question 9) The best choice as the most serious Model Penal Code homicide offense for which Daisy could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Murder: Knowingly

    • B. 

      Recklessly under circumstances exhibiting extreme indifference to human life

    • C. 

      Negligent Homicide

    • D. 

      Manslaughter: Recklessly

  • 18. 
    Dana had crash dieted for several days, and although feeling weak from hunger, drove in heavy traffic and bad weather to a ballgame. Dana lost control of the car and collided with another vehicle, killing the driver. 10) The best choice as the most serious common law homicide offense for which Dana could be properly convicted is:
    • A. 

      Recklessly under circumstances exhibiting extreme indifference to human life

    • B. 

      Manslaughter

    • C. 

      Negligent Homicide

    • D. 

      No crime

  • 19. 
    Chris is out walking with her spouse, Pat, on Main Street in their town. As they pass the bank, a rough-looking character jumps out from behind a bush and grabs Pat. Holding a gun to Pat's head, he says to Chris, "Do exactly as I say, or I'll shoot. Take this note and this duffel bag. Go into the bank and go to the teller window and hand them the note and then the bag. Come directly back out with the bag when it's full and drop it right here, or I swear I'll pull the trigger. Go! Now!" Chris does as instructed, and hands the teller the note. It reads, "This is a robbery. Don't let on. I have a bomb wired to the bank and I have the remote in my pocket. Fill this bag with money - no dye packs! Don't make a sound or hit an alarm, or I'll blow this whole place to bits." When the bag is full, Chris brings it outside and drops it as instructed. The man runs off with it. While Chris and Pat comfort each other after their horrible ordeal, the police come and arrest Chris for bank robbery. Under the common law, Chris's best defense is:
    • A. 

      Defense of Others

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Necessity

    • D. 

      Duress

  • 20. 
    Questions 2 and 3 are based upon the following facts. The Insane Unknowns are the most feared and lethal street gang in the city; they are well known for cruel indiscriminate violence against anyone who stands in the way of their illegal activities, and especially against anyone who they think is a snitch or a police informant. When Dan is out walking one day, a car pulls up next to him. Dan doesn't know the driver or the man in the passenger seat, but it's obvious they are members of the Insane Unknowns: they both have the gang's distinctive patch on the back of their jackets, and they are wearing the gang's colors. The man in the front passenger seat, an immense guy with neck, face, and arms covered with tattoos, gets out and approaches Dan. "Get in. You're driving." Dan doesn't want to go, but he knows that if he refuses he'll have trouble with these guys and their fellow gang members. He does as he is told, getting into the driver's seat. The passenger gets back in his seat, and the man who had been driving gets in the back. The man in the front passenger seat says, "drive to the South Side." Dan begins driving, taking the shortest way he knows to the South Side. Passenger says to him, "here's the way it is. We're gonna pay a visit to a guy who has been talking to the wrong people about us. You're going to drive us there, stop where we tell you, wait there for us, and drive us away. If you don't, or if you do anything other than what I tell you to do, you are going to wind up dead next to that red-haired girlfriend of yours and that new baby the two of you just had." In fact, Dan has a girlfriend with red hair, and they just had a baby two weeks ago. Dan does as he is told; he is afraid for himself, and terrified that something will happen to his loved ones if he does not follow instructions. When he gets to the South Side, the passenger directs him to a parking lot in the back of a commercial building. "Stop the car. Leave it running, and wait right here. Don't even think of moving. We know where you live, over on Dover Street." Dover is the street Dan lives on. The two men get out of the car; one is carrying a long object inside a rolled up rug, and they disappear around the front of the building. Dan waits as instructed. After about two minutes, Dan hears two distinctive blasts of a shotgun. The two men come back around the building; one puts the shotgun in the trunk. Both get into the car and slouch way down, so they cannot be seen. Passenger says, "go back, nice and steady, exactly the way you came, to the same spot where we picked you up." Dan again does as he is told. When they arrive, the men order him out of the car. "You remember what I said about you and your family. You open your mouth about this, you and your family are as good as dead," Passenger says. The car drives away. A day later, Dan learns that the men killed a man who was at work in the building, because he was suspected of being a police informant. Dan was seen driving the car away from the scene, and he is identified by the police and charged with assisting in the murder. Question 2 Under the common law, Dan can:
    • A. 

      Self-defense

    • B. 

      Duress defense which will not work

    • C. 

      Not guilty: was "only driving the car"

    • D. 

      Duress defense which will work

  • 21. 
    Question 4 Dave came home one day to find a thief had broken into his car. He could see the man sitting behind the wheel of Dave's car, which was sitting in his driveway. "Hey, what do you think you're doing?" Dave yelled as he came up to his house, which was connected to the driveway. The thief, hearing Dave, started the car (Dave had left the keys in the ignition), and quickly pulled out of the driveway and started to drive away. Dave pulled out his handgun and fired four times at the fleeing car; the fourth shot killed the thief. (Assume that Dave's possession and carrying of the gun do not violate the law in any way.) The police charge Dave with a homicide crime. Which of the following best describes Dave's situation?
    • A. 

      Defense of habitation

    • B. 

      Castle Doctrine

    • C. 

      Defense of Property

    • D. 

      Self-defense, if force was deadly

  • 22. 
    Questions 2 and 3 are based upon the following facts. The Insane Unknowns are the most feared and lethal street gang in the city; they are well known for cruel indiscriminate violence against anyone who stands in the way of their illegal activities, and especially against anyone who they think is a snitch or a police informant. When Dan is out walking one day, a car pulls up next to him. Dan doesn't know the driver or the man in the passenger seat, but it's obvious they are members of the Insane Unknowns: they both have the gang's distinctive patch on the back of their jackets, and they are wearing the gang's colors. The man in the front passenger seat, an immense guy with neck, face, and arms covered with tattoos, gets out and approaches Dan. "Get in. You're driving." Dan doesn't want to go, but he knows that if he refuses he'll have trouble with these guys and their fellow gang members. He does as he is told, getting into the driver's seat. The passenger gets back in his seat, and the man who had been driving gets in the back. The man in the front passenger seat says, "drive to the South Side." Dan begins driving, taking the shortest way he knows to the South Side. Passenger says to him, "here's the way it is. We're gonna pay a visit to a guy who has been talking to the wrong people about us. You're going to drive us there, stop where we tell you, wait there for us, and drive us away. If you don't, or if you do anything other than what I tell you to do, you are going to wind up dead next to that red-haired girlfriend of yours and that new baby the two of you just had." In fact, Dan has a girlfriend with red hair, and they just had a baby two weeks ago. Dan does as he is told; he is afraid for himself, and terrified that something will happen to his loved ones if he does not follow instructions. When he gets to the South Side, the passenger directs him to a parking lot in the back of a commercial building. "Stop the car. Leave it running, and wait right here. Don't even think of moving. We know where you live, over on Dover Street." Dover is the street Dan lives on. The two men get out of the car; one is carrying a long object inside a rolled up rug, and they disappear around the front of the building. Dan waits as instructed. After about two minutes, Dan hears two distinctive blasts of a shotgun. The two men come back around the building; one puts the shotgun in the trunk. Both get into the car and slouch way down, so they cannot be seen. Passenger says, "go back, nice and steady, exactly the way you came, to the same spot where we picked you up." Dan again does as he is told. When they arrive, the men order him out of the car. "You remember what I said about you and your family. You open your mouth about this, you and your family are as good as dead," Passenger says. The car drives away. A day later, Dan learns that the men killed a man who was at work in the building, because he was suspected of being a police informant. Dan was seen driving the car away from the scene, and he is identified by the police and charged with assisting in the murder. Question 2 Under MPC, Dan can:
    • A. 

      Self-defense

    • B. 

      Necessity

    • C. 

      Duress

    • D. 

      Option 4

  • 23. 
    Question 5 As Dalton is walking home from the store, he crosses through the park. There he is jumped by Victor, his rival, who begins to beat him up. Dalton fights back, and he begins to get the upper hand on Victor. He punches Victor in the jaw, and Victor falls to the ground, dazed. As Victor, still on the ground, begins to gather his wits, Dalton sees Victor pull a knife out of his pocket. Dalton looks around for a way out, and he sees he can escape easily from Victor, who is still on the ground, if he runs through a pedestrian walkway and out of the park. Instead, Dalton pulls a gun and shoots Victor, killing him. Dalton will:
    • A. 

      Castle Doctrine

    • B. 

      Must retreat if can

    • C. 

      Stand your ground

    • D. 

      Option 4

  • 24. 
    Question 6 Don is attacked by his enemy, Victoria. Victoria and Don trade punches and kicks, with first one and then the other dominating the fight. When Victoria punches Don hard enough that blood from a cut in his forehead prevents him from seeing out of his right eye, Don pulls a knife and stabs Victoria, killing her. Don is charged with murder.  Which of the following best describes Don's situation?
    • A. 

      Stand your ground

    • B. 

      Self-defense, will work

    • C. 

      Self-defense, will not work

    • D. 

      Self-defense, attack was illegal

  • 25. 
    Questions 8 and 9 are based on the following facts. One night, Danielle gets very drunk when she consumes three 40 ounce cans of malt liquor, half a bottle of whiskey, and half a dozen shots of something with her friends at a bar. As she staggers toward home, she passes a student apartment building, and in the ground floor unit, she sees through the window a rare Tiffany lamp, just like the one her mother had when she was little. Danielle breaks the glass of the front door with her hand, enabling her to unlock the door, and she goes inside. She sits down on the couch next to the lamp, admiring its beautiful coloring. The next thing she knows, Danielle is being shaken awake, and when her eyes begin to focus she sees the person shaking her is one of several police officers. Danielle has been passed out for several hours, but she has no memory of anything after drinking the three 40 ounce cans of malt liquor. Danielle is charged with aggravated burglary (defined in the statute as "breaking and entering the dwelling of another with the purpose of committing a felony therein") and felony destruction of property, for breaking the door glass (defined in the statute as "intentionally destroying the property of another, when the property has a value of greater than $100"). Question 8 Danielle mounts a defense of voluntary intoxication. Under the common law, her defense will:
    • A. 

      Work

    • B. 

      Not work

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