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1. Both courts and criminologists like Brent Turvey have commonly defined motive as "the emotional, ____________, and material needs that impel and are satisfied by behavior". Which of these words completes that definition?
2. Which of the following expressions in Latin, which translates to "guilty mind", is often tied to motive as the concept helps determine if an individual had the intent to commit a crime?
3. In 1925, the Supreme Court of Missouri oversaw a case in which one of the main issues was how evidence was handled and its connection to motive. In this case, the state accused Emma Condit of which of these crimes?
4. In the 1987 case State v. Forrest, a defendant in North Carolina was charged with first-degree murder for shooting his own father, alleging his motivation was his father's pain and suffering and desire to end it. Did the Supreme Court of the state accept the defendant's argument to reverse the sentence because there was no malice in the act?
5. State v. Willis was a case brought to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1982 involving an appeal for an assault conviction, though the Court reversed the original verdict and ordered a new trial due to an error in handling evidence as it explained possible motives.
Which of the following people is mentioned in the Court's opinion of this case as victim's Onzell Williams' girlfriend? (thinking of a car company might help)
6. In Midgett v. State, the Supreme Court of a state controversially reduced the sentence of Ronnie Midgett after he beat his son to death, arguing that there was not sufficient evidence to prove premeditation, a necessary element that would suggest a motive. In which state, home of former president Bill Clinton, did this trial take place?
7. U.S. law has evolved over time to include efforts to make discriminatory practices illegal. One of the most important laws in this regard is the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that is formed by eleven different titles.
Which of these titles typifies "mixed motive discrimination" as a category of discrimination in the Civil Rights Act?
8. The Supreme Court of the United States made an important decision in 1989 when it ruled for plaintiff Ann Hopkins in what became a landmark mixed-motive discrimination case. Which famous accounting firm was involved in this case?
9. In 1991, Missouri courts heard the case of State v. Friend, where the defendant was convicted of assault. In his appeal, why did Friend argue that the evidence presented by the prosecution regarding motive should not be taken into consideration?
10. In the 1977 case People v. Leach, the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed the decision of the previous court, finding defendant Raymond Leach guilty. One of the reasons for this verdict was that the "nature of the wound" spoke to motive and intent. What weapon was used to inflict the wound?
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