New PDF release: America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System , Ninth

By David W. Neubauer

Open this booklet and step into America's court docket process! what is it prefer to be a pass judgement on? A prosecutor? A safeguard legal professional? With Neubauer's best-selling ebook, you will find out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content supplies the feel of being within the courthouse-of what it truly is prefer to paintings in and join the process. this idea of the courthouse "players" illustrates each one person's vital position in bringing a case in the course of the court docket procedure. during the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal function of the felony courts in the legal justice procedure but in addition the court's significance and influence on society as an entire.

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On one side was the witness chair, which during the course of the trial was occupied by friends and family of the deceased as well as various law enforcement officers. And on the other side was the jury box, filled with local citizens. The jury found House guilty of murder and sentenced him to death. All of these persons in the House case are important. For this reason, Part II focuses on the actors in the courthouse. Enter a trial courtroom, and you will observe numerous people either busily engaged in doing something or seemingly doing nothing.

In their view the cure is to eliminate legal loopholes by curtailing the exclusionary rule, abolishing the insanity defense, allowing for preventive detention of dangerous offenders, and increasing the certainty of punishment. 15 16 17 18 19 ■ Courts, Crime, and Controversy 19 Should Cameras Be Allowed in the Courtroom? Should Restorative Justice Replace Revenge-Based Sentencing? Should a Moratorium on the Death Penalty Be Imposed? Should Federal Penalties for Crack Be Lowered to Remove Racial Disparities?

One out of two defendants is lucky indeed; they are released without the filing of criminal charges. But the other half are in deep trouble; their chances of being found not guilty are now slim indeed. Grand Jury Like the preliminary hearing, the grand jury is designed as a check on unwarranted prosecutions. Grand juries are required in all federal felony prosecutions, but only about half the states use them. If the grand jury thinks there is enough evidence to hold the defendant for trial, it returns an indictment (also called a true bill) charging the defendant with a crime.

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