Government Individual & Law ~ Snowden Rosenberg Hinckley ~ 67 Slides!
Government & Law ~ 3 Cases ~ Edward Snowden (Whistleblower government surveillance), Julius & Ethel Rosenberg (Espionage atomic bomb), John Hinckley (Presidential Assassin uses Insanity Defense).

3 separate powerpoint presentations on the 3 cases, dealing with individual people and a crime involving the American government. There are excerpts from each presentation below. Each has its own multiple choice QUIZ with answer key included. There are 30 Questions Total.

The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook author.

EDWARD SNOWDEN: It is clear that the competing interests of national security vs. information privacy are now at the forefront of what’s going on in the law. Snowden in a meeting with human rights organizations gave the following quote.“The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair.”

JULIUS & ETHEL ROSENBERG: This is the trial and conviction of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg from the 1950s which ended in their execution in 1953.

Julius Rosenberg was already passing information to the Soviets when his handler learned that his wife’s brother, David Greenglass, was working on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a machinist and sergeant in the U.S. Army. America did not share its atomic secrets with Russia either during nor after WWII. Russia wanted that information. Greenglass was able to pass info to Julius Rosenberg who in turn passed it to the Soviets about the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

David Greenglass and his wife Ruth were the ones who told the U.S. government that his sister and her husband recruited him and that they had leaked information he provided to the Soviet contact agent Anatoli Yakovlev. This was enough to charge the Rosenbergs with espionage.

JOHN HINCKLEY: John Hinckley Jr. was the son of a wealthy family who shot President Reagan and others. They had had trouble with their son for a long time and thus had him under the long term care of a psychiatrist.

The unusual problem with the insanity defense is absent in this case. That is that the defendant has no prior contact with psychiatrists and thus it is very difficult to build the basis of a defense from his earlier treatment for mental illness. Hinckley had substantial psychiatric care prior to the shooting so was an ideal candidate for the defense.
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Created: Oct 9, 2016

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