Evolution Unit:

Evolution Trials
Fossil Project
Three Main Areas Helping to Prove Evolution
Evidence Supporting Evolution
The Synthesis Theory
Thomas H. Huxley
Phillip E. Johnson
Hawaiian Fruit Flies
Evolution of Man


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Lawyer's Brief: An Example

Lawyer's Brief

Prosecution Side: Anti-Evolutionist

Opening Statement:

Evolution is still a mystery to many and it should be. It is only a theory with no solid evidence to prove it otherwise. There are too many flaws in this theory to even consider it fact. Facts are proven data that have proof to back it up, but evolution has not been proven nor does it have enough evidence to prove it occurred. Meaning it is not a fact and will never be, until there is enough evidence found to make it so. We can not make assumptions when there is not enough evidence to back it up and piece it together. A puzzle cannot be whole until all the pieces are there to complete it.

Strategies for trial:

For Defense:

  1. See how ready the defense is and how they answer there own lawyers questions.
  2. If the witnesses seem like they have doubt, use that against them and rephrase the questions to ask them again and see if they can clarify it.
  3. Ask questions to make witnesses doubt their own knowledge and evidence.
  4. Try to discredit the witness by leading them into saying words such as, "assume, guess, or think." This is because it will be there opinion and does not have to be a fact and makes them seem unprofessional and making assumptions not presenting facts.
  5. Make them seemed unprepared and not ready for the trial.
  6. Make the jury doubt their evidence and case.

For Prosecution:

  1. Ask questions that you know the witnesses can answer.
  2. Lead them into answering the way you want them to.
  3. Rephrase questions if they get stuck.
  4. Do not ask questions that would hurt the case.
  5. Look confident and know your information 100%.
  6. Try to ask yes or no questions, short and simple, but very strong and helpful.
  7. Examine your strong witnesses first and last and the weaker one in the middle.
  8. Present good, strong, and solid evidence that the defense would have a hard time counter examining.
  9. Do not make the jury doubt your case, but on your side.

Questions for Prosecution:

Philip E. Johnson:

  1. If you are not a scientist, . . . ?
  2. What evidence . . . ?

Darel Rex Finley:

  1. In your article, Why I Did believe Evolution, you stated that, . . . .What are you trying to state here?
  2. So, you are saying that there are hardly any evidence . . . ?

Michael Denton

  1. Where do you stand on the theory of evolution?
  2. What have you found by . . . ?
  3. In your book, Evolution: Theory in Crisis, you show . . . ?
  4. Through your years of study, and by looking at the earth's time line and events, what have you concluded?
  5. So through your extensive years of study and examinations . . . ?

Questions for Defense:

Charles Darwin:

  1. You stated in your book, The Origin of species by means of Natural Selection on . . . ?
  2. Is it possible to observe evolution?
  3. So at this time, can we reconstruct the past with the evidence . . . ?
  4. How can we piece something together . . . ?
  5. If evolution is true, . . . ?

Jean Baptiste Lamark:

  1. What is your position on evolution?
  2. If mutation and natural selection fits . . . ?

Donald C. Johanson

  1. From your discovery in 1974, . . . ?
  2. The skeleton you found was . . . ?
  3. Are you sure . . . ?
  4. How did you link Lucy . . . ?

Kenneth R. Miller:

  1. From your years of studies, what evidence . . . ?
  2. How are you so sure that the fossil records . . . ?

Closing Statement:

As you can see, the puzzle of evolution has not been . . . . There is still not enough hard evidence or proof to prove it true. . . . . I was not here to take sides today, but to strengthen the views of anti-evolutionist and why they believe in what they believe. In order to choose sides you need proof . . . . Is the puzzle of evolution complete or still missing links and pieces?

Brag Sheet:

For this trial, I was the prosecution lawyer. I . . . .