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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing:
A Rhetoric with Readings
, Third Edition
John Chaffee, LaGuardia College, City University of New York
Christine McMahon, Montgomery College
Barbara Stout, Montgomery College
Activity: Tom Randall's Halloween Party
Gathering and Weighing the Evidence

The evidence at judicial trials is presented through the testimony of witnesses called by the prosecution and the defense. To be effective critical thinkers, we should not simply accept information as it is presented. We need to try to determine the accuracy of the information and evaluate the credibility of the people providing the information. The testimony from the prosecution witnesses and the defense witnesses is described below. Evaluate the testimony by answering the questions that follow each witness.

Prosecution Witnesses
Helen Brooks (neighbor of defendant)
William Doyle (acquaintance of defendant)

Defense Witnesses
Wendy Duvall (friend of defendant)
Tom Randall (defendant)