Laws 310 Week 2 Assignment (***** APA Format + References + as discussed ******)
1. On July 5, 1884, four sailors were cast away from their ship in a storm 1,600 miles from the Cape of Good Hope. Their lifeboat contained neither water nor much food. On the 20th day of their ordeal, Dudley and Stevens, without the assistance or agreement of Brooks, cut the throat of the fourth sailor, a 17- or 18-year-old boy. They had not eaten since day 12. Water had been available only occasionally. At the time of the death, the men were probably about 1,000 miles from land. Prior to his death, the boy was lying helplessly in the bottom of the boat. The three surviving sailors ate the boyÂ’s remains for four days, at which point they were rescued by a passing boat. They were in a seriously weakened condition.
a.Were Dudley and Stevens guilty of murder? Explain.
b.Should Brooks have been charged with a crime for eating the boyÂ’s flesh? Explain. See The Queen v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 QueenÂ’s Bench Division 273 (1884).
2. Lancaster, California, located about 45 miles from Los Angeles, was trying to build its local economy but was tripped up by the United States Constitution. Costco, a big-box retailer, wanted to expand into next-door space leased to 99 Cents Only Stores. Costco told the city it would move to Palmdale if it could not expand. Lancaster tried to buy 99 CentsÂ’ lease, but the company refused. Lancaster then used its power of eminent domain to condemn the 99 Cents property for the purpose of making it available to Costco. The city noted that blight might follow if Costco left, and the city contrasted 99 CentsÂ’ under $40,000 per year in sales taxes generated with CostcoÂ’s more than $400,000. 99 Cents then sued the city seeking an order blocking the effort to take the 99 Cents property.
a. How would you have ruled on the case when it was tried in 2001? Explain.
b. Would the result be any different today after the Supreme CourtÂ’s 2005 decision in the New London, Connecticut, case? Explain. See 99 Cents Only Stores v. Lancaster Redevelopment Agency, 237 F. Supp. 2d 1123 (C.D. Cal. 2001). Appeal dismissed, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 4197
Your responses should be well rounded and analytical, and should not just provide a conclusion or an opinion without explaining the reason for the choice. For full credit, you need to use the material from the week’s lectures, text, and/or discussions when responding to the questions. It is important that you incorporate the question into your response (i.e., restate the question in your introduction) and explain the legal principle or concept from the text that underlies your judgment. For each question (and each component if there are multiple sections of one question), you should provide at least one reference in APA format (in-text citations and references as described in detail in the syllabus). Each answer should be double spaced in 12-point font, and your response to each question should be between one and three paragraphs in length.
Laws310 Week 2 Assignment
Laws/310 Week 2 Assignment
Law 310 Week 2 Assignment
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