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Media storm over "outrageous" law exam question
07 June 2013
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A Cambridge University law exam has caused a furore in the national press because of its explicit content.

200 undergraduates sitting their criminal law paper were asked to consider the offences committed at a fictional Cambridge college drinking society. The question posits a familiar student scenario in which a female student tricks one man into getting gobbled by another man, bums a second man with a bottle and rips off a third's pubic hair, resulting in an infection and untimely death.

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Media outlets including the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Telegraph have all spun the story as an outrage, using frothing tweets from non-law students ("horrific - beyond acceptable") to bolster their case.

However, as Cambridge student mag The Tab reports, the law students themselves were largely unfazed, no doubt thanks to their familiarity with R v Brown. One Christs student even admitted "I liked the question. The circumstances felt familiar, and that was a comfort in the stressful atmosphere of an exam room".

A University spokesman forced to defend the paper said "hypothetical situations are presented in order to test students' understanding of different aspects of Criminal Law", before hurrying home clutching a two litre bottle of Pepsi and a tub of Veet.


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