Jonah: A Murder Trial

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The Book of Jonah: The People vs. the Sailors for Attempted Murder


Sunday, March 5, 2017

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Can You Consent to Your Own Murder?

Everyone knows the story of Jonah, the prophet who ended up in the belly of a great sea creature. Fewer remember the story of how he got there. Fleeing from the divine command to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh, Jonah boards a ship bound in another direction. When God calls up a storm to punish his disobedient messenger, the sailors aboard ship are faced with a terrible decision: risk death for the sins of a stranger or listen to Jonah, who insists that they save themselves by throwing him overboard.

Watch the drama unfold! Join the constitutional scholar and Dean of the UC Irvine Law School Erwin Chemerinsky and Loyola law professor and former Federal Prosecutor Laurie Levenson for a searching and entertaining discussion of the legal and ethical questions at stake in this great story. They will present the evidence and argue the case; but in the end, you, the jury, will decide: Are the sailors guilty of attempted murder? Is it ever acceptable to sacrifice one to save many?


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MCLE CREDIT – This program has been approved for 2.50 hours of general credit by the State Bar of California.  Jones Day is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider.