beach_terror wrote:Quick question regarding cases cited within cases and the extent I need to know them (mainly their names):
For instance, I'm on Commonwealth v Carroll in crim law right now. When describing the time period in which premediation can occur, the court points to Commonwealth v Earnest and quotes "whether the intention to kill and the killing, that is, the premeditation and the fatal act, were within a brief space of time or a long space of time is immaterial if the killing was in fact intentional, willful, deliberate and premeditated..."
Obviously this is an important component of first degree murder, but will I ever have to point to the case that established this? Figured I may as well check before I get too far in to turn back.
99.9% sure you don't need to recall the names of cases cited within cases, and for that matter I am like 90% sure you don't even really need to recall the names of the cases you are assigned. For the most part you are pretty much expected to understand the rules each case establishes or exemplifies, and then be able to use that rule on a new fact pattern.
Of course, if your professor has a multiple choice section to their exam, I can't really say what you may be expected to know/remember. My guess is that recalling case names and perhaps some specific facts may become more important in that case.