Introduction to Law Final Exam Instructions Instructor: A. Jarmon
B. Glen noticed Miguel and his pregnant wife Jacki walking down the street and drove his car within inches of Miguel as a joke. Police and medics responded to the scene. Miguel wasn’t injured, but his wife suffered severe mental distress and needed to be hospitalized in order to save the pregnancy. About an hour before this incident, officers had cited and released Glen for driving under the influence. As police were escorting Glen into the back of the patrol car, Miguel approached with his fights waived angrily in the air and yelled, “I am going to get you. You better hope they keep you locked up this time.”
Prosecutors ultimately dropped the charges against Glen after evidentiary issues precluded them from successfully proceeding. When Miguel learned of this, he was outraged and started making phone calls to the local newspapers, asking them to do a story on Glen, who he characterized as a drunken murderer. Stacey, a new reporter, immediately jumped on the story and wrote a full three page spread based on the information she obtained from Miguel. After reading the article, Glen located an address for Miguel and Jackie and confronted Jackie as she was just arriving home. Jackie’s neighbor heard the commotion, as he was out walking his “pet bull,” who has freely roamed the neighborhood without incident for nearly five years. However, upon hearing Jackie scream at Glen, rushes over and bites him in the leg. The commotion has just about settled down, when another neighbor arrives with his shot gun and threatens to shot Glen. Law suits are filed.
Identify and address five (5) of the various tort issues presented in this fact pattern. You must identify: which party has a claim against whom (2 points); what legal claim the party has (2 points); the elements of the legal claim (2 points); the facts supporting the legal claim (2 points); and at least one potential defense (2 points). This question is worth 25 points.
C. Professor Tickle has been asked by Twlight Community College to attend a training in Eastern Washington. She has been provided with a state car for transportation. While in route, she visits a fellow professor who just retired from teaching at TCC. They have a glass of white wine. As she leaves this professor’s home and heads back to the freeway to continue on to the training, she is involved in an accident. As she was approaching the on ramp and entering the freeway, another vehicle, going 15 miles over the speed limit, raced passed her, and they
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