Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Plato and Judge Judy
I must say, I have officially fallen in love with Plato. Today was the infamous double lecture. Professor Kramnick is leaving town for his granddaughter’s bar mitzvah and will not be available to lecture us tomorrow. Instead, he did both lectures on Plato’s Republic today. Tomorrow we will be having to two discussion sessions to make up the difference. Our essay on what freedom means to us is also due tomorrow.
Since my last name stats with a D, it was my day to eat lunch with the professor. (Going in alphabetical order he assigns seven students to have lunch with him every day.) It was actually rather nice. We all went around the table telling about ourselves. Professor Kramnick said he does this because he wants to get to know his students better.
After lunch was our second guest speaker. It was Judge Judy! Actually it was Judge Judith Rossiter who is the city judge for Ithaca. She broke down a few different procedures that take place in court. She also explained jurisdictions and how they are determined. Her main story, however, was of a stabbing case that took place here not too long ago. She did not have to actually try the case; however she did have to determine if it was a felony case; meaning the defendant would be held on bail and the case would be tried in a higher court. In this particular case the defense attorney basically ruled out any reasonable doubt and practically made the case for the prosecution. She did determine that there was enough evidence to proceed with the case and it went on to a higher court.
I would like to close my blog today with a special thanks to Mr. Crossley. Every day when we check in with him, he makes sure we have everything we need. He even gave me a couple of really good pointers on my paper.
p.s. I could not find a picture of the judge online to put in my post, however I guess it is logical for pictures of judges not to be readily accessable.