Trial of Hamlet

In a mock trial, the title character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was tried for the murder of the king’s attendant, Polonius. The… read more

In a mock trial, the title character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was tried for the murder of the king’s attendant, Polonius. The purpose of the trial was to determine the mental state of the prince at the time of the murder and to determine his criminal responsibility for the act. During a preliminary briefing, Justice Kennedy, who would preside over the trial, and several high school students reviewed the preliminaries of the case and the procedures the trial would follow. The briefing was followed by the trial. Mr. Thomas Feldman, Mr. Meyer Feldman and Mr. Lowell argued the defense of Hamlet, while Mr. Olson and Mr. Wallison argued the prosecution’s case. Following the opening statements, several debate participants were interviewed. The interviews were followed by the closing argument, offered by Mr. Olson and Mr. Lowell, and the verdict. The jury found Hamlet criminally responsible. close

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Program ID:
55363-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Moot Court
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 19, 1994
Last Aired:
Dec 25, 1994

Airing Details

  • Mar 19, 1994 | 1:58am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 02, 1994 | 10:39pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 03, 1994 | 1:56am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 04, 1994 | 2:19am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 25, 1994 | 1:35pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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