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The People V.

Andrew Jackson

Review

What was the Trail of Tears?
a series of forced removals of Native American
nations from their ancestral homelands in the
Southeastern United States to an area west of
the Mississippi River that had been designated
as Native Territory
What President is responsible for the majority
of Indian Removal legislation?
Andrew Jackson
Legal Vocabulary

Statute: a written law passed by a legislative body.
Prosecution: the institution and conducting of legal
proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal
charge.
Defense: the case presented by or on behalf of the party
being accused or sued in a lawsuit.
Acquit: free (someone) from a criminal charge by a
verdict of not guilty.
Convict: declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal
offense by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge
in a court of law.
The People V. Andrew
Jackson

The People of the Cherokee Nation of the
United States of America have charged
President Andrew Jackson with crimes against
humanity regarding the removal of the
Cherokee.
Crimes Against
Humanity

For the purpose of this Statute, crime against humanity means
any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread
attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of
the attack:
Murder
Extermination
Enslavement
Deportation or forcible transfer of population
Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in
violation of fundamental rules of international law
Torture
Rape, sexual slavery, or any other form of sexual violence
Persecution against any identifiable group
Enforced disappearance of persons
Roles: Prosecution

Prosecution: Representing the people.
Want to convict Andrew Jackson
A) Lead Prosecution Attorney (Prosecutor)
B) Assistant Prosecution Attorney
Address the jury
Present the arguments
Question witnesses in order to convince the jury of
the defendant's guilt
Roles: Prosecution

C) Lead Prosecution Clerk
D) Assistant Prosecution Clerk
Makes sure everyone participates in meetings
and during the trial
Keeps the entire prosecution team within the
time limits for their presentation
Helps the group prioritize arguments and make
the best use of the limited time, as needed
Roles: Prosecution

E)Prosecution Witnesses
John Ross
Davy Crockett
John Marshall
John Burnett
Samuel Cloud
Roles: Defense

Defense: Representing Andrew Jackson.
Want to acquit Jackson
A) Lead Defense Attorney
B) Assistant Defense Attorney
Address the jury
Present the arguments
Question witnesses in order to convince the jury
of the defendant's innocence
Roles: Defense

C) Lead Defense Clerk
D) Assistant Defense Clerk
Makes sure everyone participates in meetings
and during the
trial
Keeps the entire defense team within the time
limits for their
presentation
Helps the group prioritize arguments and make
the best use of the limited time, as needed
Roles: Defense

E) Defense Witnesses
Andrew Jackson
Elias Boundinot
General Winfield Scott
Governor Wilson Lumpkin
Major Ridge
Roles: Jury

Serves as the audience for all arguments presented in the trial
Evaluates the arguments presented by the prosecution and the
defense in order to determine the guilt or innocence of the
defendant
Judges the effectiveness and merit of the arguments and
evidence presented by the prosecution and defense teams
Votes on the outcome of the trial according to the established
criteria only
Jury Clerk:
Makes sure everyone participates in meetings and during the trial
Keeps the jury pool within the time limits for their presentation
Timeline:

February 22nd: Intro to trial. Begin research.
February 23rd: Research/work day
February 24th: Research/work day
February 27th: Practice Day
February 28th: Trial. If you do not have your
work done by the trial, you will not participate!