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background image MC 4301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics  Spring 2019 Gilbert D. Martinez  
Texas State University 
Key Info to Remember 
Important Concepts/Ideas/Events 
Important Dates 
Important Cases 
  Date: 1/29/2019 
Topic: Chapter One
ADDITIONAL SOURCE (7th source of the law) 
- Judicial review (strong check on the legislative and executive branch by the judicial branch)  - 1.  ​Marbury v Madison, USSC ​(1803)  - This is where judicial review comes from  - Courts simply declared that they had the power   - Hardly used in the 1800s, but comes to bear in the 20th century   - Fun fact: scholars have noted that the judicial branch has proven to be the weakest branch (but 
judicial review changes that) 
Plessy v Ferguson, USSC  ​(1896)  - State of Louisiana; public trains; Homer Plessy (1/8th African-American; light-skinned man); the train conductor 
knows about his ethnicity; Louisiana had rules regarding segregation; train conductor wouldn’t let him sit in the whites 
only section of the train; Plessy arrested for trespass 
- Question: Can a state have segregated train cars?   - Court rules YES: since there were separate but equal train cars available for African-Americans  - Spurs more laws like Jim Crow laws   - Still not fulfilling the promise of the Declaration of Independence  Brown v Board of Education, USSSC  ​(1954)  - Involving several young people being subjected to segregated school systems  - Clear that the resources were primarily going to the white schools (was NOT separate but EQUAL)  - Question: Can a state segregate the public school system?   - Used Plessy as a form of precedent for decision dealing with segregation   - Both the train and school were  ​public accomodations  - Name:  ​Thurgood Marshall- lawyer for the NAACP (legal advocacy group; represented the school children);  lawyer against Board of Education  - “You must overturn Plessy because time has shown us that separate but equal is no longer 
- USSC voted in favor of Brown by a unanimous vote  - “We conclude the in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has 
no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”  
- the court has the ability to change its mind  
- Trial courts and appellate courts   - Trial courts ​: trier of facts; determine what happened; did the defendant commit the crime  - Appeal will occur after ruling; and the case will go up to the appellate court  - Appellate courts ​: hears appeals from trial courts, reviews the application of law; more interested in knowing  that the defendant’s rights have been upholded; less about the drama 
background image - Federal Court system ​: 94 U.S. District Courts (Trial Courts); 13 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Texas is in  the 5th circuit; only 1 Supreme Court of the United States (highest court in the land and oversees all other 
courts in the nation) 
- Texas court system= 467 District Courts with 467 judges  - 14 Courts of Appeals with 80 justices  - 2 high courts (not common for other states; only Oklahoma has two other high courts as well)  - Texas Supreme Court (civil cases) with nine justices  - Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (criminal cases) with nine justices  - Reasons: a lot of work for a large state; death penalty   - The distinction between the states and federal courts are SEPARATE (think two buildings)  - Difference between criminal law and civil law  - Criminal law ​:​ did the defendant commit the crime beyond a reasonable doubt (80-90%)  - Rules of society that involve charges brought by the state   - Possibly face jail time; your liberty is at stake  - Civil law ​: by  a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) (50% with a little ioda)  - About disputes civilians we might have amongst ourselves  - Simply a matter of money; NOT about personal freedom  - Example from class: YouTube star with a rake and his friend is drunk AF  - O.J. Simpson ​ (1994)  - Accused of killing his girlfriend Nicole Simpson and her boyfriend (stabbed and cut to death)  - 35 mph car chase in LA (white bronco)   - Interrupted NBA game  - O.J. was found not guilty because the jury had reasonable doubts  - Wealthy and could afford the dream team of lawyers  - Was known as the trial of the century (was like a show)  - Fred Goldman opens civil case against OJ Simpson (wrongful death)  - Standard to prove this was by a preponderance of the evidence  - So he is then found responsible in a civil court   - Must pay 33.5 million dollars for the deaths of the two   - Civil v.s. criminal= Apples v.s. Oranges!!!!    Date: 1/31/2019 
Topic: Chapter One/Chapter Two 
- 1. Start the story with an incident  - Criminal law: someone killed or injured, or some rule of society violated  - Civil law: someone harmed (physically or emotionally)  - Other areas can include libel, privacy, etc.   - One way to tell the difference is to look and see who is bringing the lawsuit   - If it’s between parties (most likely civil)  - Brought by state, county, etc. (most likely criminal)  - Look at the penalty to determine which type of law it is  - 2. Complaint  - Legal document that states what the allegation is   - 3. Answer  - Criminal law: defendant enters plea (almost always a plea of not guilty)  - Civil law: defendant answers complaint (almost always a denial)  - EX. Slip and fall at the grocery store (typical lawsuit)  - 4. Grand Jury (criminal cases)  - Made up of citizens of the jurisdiction; top secret; not recorded; confidential;  

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School: Texas State University
Department: Journalism and Mass Communications
Course: Media Law and Ethics
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: Media, Law, and Communications
Name: MC 4301 Media Law & Ethics Week Two Class Notes
Description: MC 4301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics Spring 2019 Gilbert D. Martinez Texas State University Week two lecture notes continued the following topics from Chapter One and Chapter Two. - Judicial review - The Court System - O.J. Simpson - The Story of a Lawsuit
Uploaded: 02/01/2019
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