Communications 2000

April - May - June
Tough Choices

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Assignment #17
The Transplant Committee
Assignment #18
Jury Duty
Assignment #19
Clemency Board
Assignment #20
Final assignment of the year
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Assignment #17 (The Transplant Committee Vocabulary) - made Friday, April 14, 2000

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Look at The Transplant Committee handout

Interested in learning more about organ donation and transplantation issues?  Visit

UNOS  for current organ availability and need statistics

TransWeb - for clear explanations and explorations of transplant issues

Look at my word associations for success

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Assignment #18 (Jury Duty Vocabulary) - made Friday, April 28, 2000

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Here are links to some of the primary source material related to the situation described in the handout.

Parents Face Trial for Shunning Medical Help, April 21, 1997 (The Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

Her Dying Prayers, May 5, 1997 (Time Magazine)

Faith-Healing Couple Sentenced, August 1997 (Freethought Today)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus the Nixons, the decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in the Nixon appeal

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus the Nixons, legal brief submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the Nixon appeal

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Assignment #19 (Clemency Board Vocabulary) - made Friday, May 5, 2000

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Look at the clemency board handout

Here are links to some of the primary sources relating to this situation.

Texas v. Karla Faye Tucker: A Question of Mercy (Court TV Online, 1998)

New Life on Death Row: The Karla Faye Tucker Story (Christian Broadcasting Network)

Report on the execution of Karla Faye Tucker (agitator.com, 1998)

Letter from Karla Faye Tucker asking for clemency (agitator.com, 1998)

The Hanging Governor (a report on the clemency process in Texas, Salon, May 11, 2000)

Death Row statistics from the Texas Department of Corrections

If you are interested in exploring the topic of the death penalty in more detail, have a look at:

The Death Penalty Information Center

Amnesty International USA's effort to abolish the death penalty

Court TV looks at the death penalty in the U.S.

the American Civil Liberties Union looks at the death penalty

ProDeathPenalty.com

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Assignment #20 (Final assignment of the year) - made Friday, May 12, 2000

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