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Record: Insanity Trial of Hamlet


Title:

Insanity Trial of Hamlet

Video Call Number: Location:
404 Biddle Law Library

Production Company

C-Span

Year: Running Time: Format:
1996 1:48 VHS

Summary:

In a mock trial, the title character of Shakespeares "Hamlet" is tried for the murder of the kings attendant, Polonius. The purpose of the trial is to determine Hamlets mental state at the time of the murder. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy presides over the trial, which is preceded by a juror conference. The two witnesses answer questions about Hamlets mental state by referring to the "transcript" by Shakespeare. At the conclusion of the proceeding, Justice Kennnedy discusses trial strategy with the attorneys and takes questions from the audience.

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