Criminal Law

Conduct your own research into both The Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales and Lenahan (Gonzales) v. USA. Review both the Supreme Courts decision and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) findings. In the process, view the following footage of Jessica Lenahan’s testimony before the IACHR: https://www.aclu.org/cases/jessica-gonzales-v-usa. Click on: VIDEO: Watch Jessica’s Testimony Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. (10/22/2008). (Watch the testimony in its entirety). *Questions for Discussion: 1.) Discuss the history of both cases, beginning with the tragic events on June 22, 1999 and ending with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) findings. 2.) Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision? Explain. 3.) Do you agree or disagree with the IACHR findings? Explain. 4.) What are the implications of both the Supreme Court and IACHR findings? Explain. 5.) Based on your research, what, if anything, are communities doing in response to the IACHR findings?

 

 

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