Insanity Trial of Hamlet

A mock trial was held of the title character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to determine Hamlet’s mental competency at the time he killed… read more

A mock trial was held of the title character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to determine Hamlet’s mental competency at the time he killed the king’s attendant, Polonius. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy presided over the trial, which was preceded by a lawyers' conference. The two witnesses answered questions about Hamlet’s mental state by referring to the “transcript” by Shakespeare. While the jury deliberated, Justice Kennedy discussed trial strategy with the attorneys and the participants took questions from the audience. The jury was also shown as it deliberated. They returned to the “courtroom” and announced their verdict as Hamlet stood before the court. close

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Insanity Trial of Hamlet

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Program ID:
70842-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Moot Court
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
May 26, 1996
Last Aired:
Aug 19, 1996

Airing Details

  • May 26, 1996 | 12:07pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 27, 1996 | 2:02am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 27, 1996 | 7:53am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 19, 1996 | 10:46am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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