Prosecution Side: Anti-Evolutionist
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:
- See how ready the defense is and how they answer there own lawyers questions.
- 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.
- Ask questions to make witnesses doubt their own knowledge and evidence.
- 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.
- Make them seemed unprepared and not ready for the trial.
- Make the jury doubt their evidence and case.
- Ask questions that you know the witnesses can answer.
- Lead them into answering the way you want them to.
- Rephrase questions if they get stuck.
- Do not ask questions that would hurt the case.
- Look confident and know your information 100%.
- Try to ask yes or no questions, short and simple, but very strong and helpful.
- Examine your strong witnesses first and last and the weaker one in the middle.
- Present good, strong, and solid evidence that the defense would have a hard time counter examining.
- Do not make the jury doubt your case, but on your side.
Questions for Prosecution:
Philip E. Johnson:
- If you are not a scientist, why do you take such an interest in evolution, what is your position on it?
- What evidence have you found to question the theory of evolution?
Darel Rex Finley:
- In your article, Why I Did believe Evolution, you stated that, "Some breaks in the record are to be expected, but if a large number of fossils have been deposited, we should expect to see the overall pattern implied by the theory." What are you trying to state here?
- So, you are saying that there are hardly any evidence to show evolution between species because there are no transitional fossils found?
- Where do you stand on the theory of evolution?
- What have you found by studying the fossil records?
- In your book, Evolution: Theory in Crisis, you show illustrations of different species and a time line. What was the purpose of those illustrations and what do they show about evolution?
- Through your years of study, and by looking at the earth's time line and events, what have you concluded?
- So through your extensive years of study and examinations is evolution true or false?
Questions for Defense:
- You stated in your book, The Origin of species by means of Natural Selection on p. 209, "But it may be urged that when several closely-allied species inhabit the same territory, we surely ought to find at the present time many transitional forms." Can you please explain what you are trying to state in your book to the court?
- Is it possible to observe evolution? And how is that possible, if evolution is a largetime scale phenomenon that is a long and slow process that occurred in the past?
- So at this time, can we reconstruct the past with the evidence we have because there are so many gaps in our past that have not been filled?
- How can we piece something together that is missing pieces?
- If evolution is true, wouldn't modern day apes and monkeys be whipped out by humans, since the idea of evolution is that newly evolved species replaces the old species?
Jean Baptiste Lamark:
- What is your position on evolution?
- If mutation and natural selection fits in with evolution, can you explain to this court why major extinctions happen?
Donald C. Johansom
- From your discovery in 1974, what did you discovery about humans and apes?
- The skeleton you found was not a complete skeleton, how were you able to piece it together?
- Are you sure you placed the pieces of the skeleton in its right places and in fact, are those bones of Lucy's, since the skeleton bones were scattered around in different areas?
- How did you link Lucy, the fossil you discovered in 1974, to modern day humans?
Kenneth R. Miller:
- From your years of studies, what evidence have you discovered to support your claim on evolution?
- How are you so sure that the fossil records are accurate and enough evidence, when there are major gaps in the fossil records?
As you can see, the puzzle of evolution has not been completed today. There is still not enough hard evidence or proof to prove it true. It is still a mystery, but there is one fact that everyone can believe, that there is not enough evidence and there are too many assumptions that people make on the evolutionary theory. 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 and do you think, with the evidence presented today, you have enough evidence to prove evolution? Is the puzzle of evolution complete or still missing links and pieces?
For this trial, I was the prosecution lawyer. I put this case together and organized everything to try and win the case. I looked up information on the intemet and skimmed through the books in class to try and find evidence and facts that would help my case. I helped my group members in their roles as witnesses and I tried to prep them as much I possible, in order for them to be prepared for the trial. I explained information and broke things down so they understood what they were going to say and not sound clueless. I did research on the defense witnesses to know their backgrounds and what I could use against them. I worked on strategies and questions I would use during the trial. I studied all the objections, just in case I need to use them. Lastly, I studied all the witnesses' ways of defending evolution or being against it so I would be prepared for the trial and write my plan for the trials.