Essays Tagged: "criminal cases"

The basic procedures of a standard American criminal trial...covers everything between indictment and sentencing.

Procedures of Criminal Trial (American)One of the most vaguely understood events in the United States is the moder ... United States is the modern criminal trial. Most people have a faint knowledge of the goings-on of criminal proceedings, mainly due to what is seen on television, but the person who knows the real co ... eal course of a trial is rare. However, there is nothing mysterious about the events that determine criminal guilt. Trials are carefully orchestrated, following procedures that have been laid in legal ...

(11 pages) 261 1 3.4 Oct/2002

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The Role of the Prosecutor

The Role of the ProsecutorAll serious criminal cases require the participation of three individuals: the judge, counsel for the prosecutio ... e prosecution, and counsel for the accused. If any one of these are absent from the procedure, Athe criminal justice system is incomplete@ (Congress). The prosecutor stands at a critical stage in the ... laying a critical role before, during and after the trial. They serve many functions throughout the criminal process. Some of which are investigating, plead bargains, questioning both jurors and witne ...

(4 pages) 126 1 5.0 May/1996

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The American Jury: Justice is Challenged

The American Jury: Justice is ChallengedWhen used in criminal cases, Jury trials tend to occur where the crime is extremely serious, and "no fault tried ...

(3 pages) 137 0 3.6 Dec/2002

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

Classification of Law!

enforced by the imposition of penalties". Law can be classified in two ways, firstly, civil law and criminal law; and secondly by the legal sources of law. There are several sources of law including T ... aw, Legislation and Customs. This paper will discuss and outline the various classifications of law.Criminal law is an offence that is regarded as being against society. This indicates that a person c ...

(7 pages) 239 0 4.8 Feb/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

Plagiarism research paper- copyright laws.

delinquents stealing a car. Surprisingly, it may be a lot simpler than you think. There are always criminal cases being held regarding murder, theft, and perjury, but do you know that you may even be ...

(5 pages) 275 1 3.5 Oct/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

This is an issue paper for AP Politics dealing with an issue that would change policy of the plea bargaining system.

sistent overall. The columnists points out that reducing plea bargains and reducing instances where criminal cases are settled out of court would put an extra burden on the courts. Criminal cases woul ... Criminal cases would more often be drawn out and might slow down the system. An increased number of criminal trials would also be too costly and would put a strain on resources. In the past, Attorney ...

(3 pages) 64 0 4.3 Nov/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

History of the judiciary system of the United States, and important figures who helped shaped this system.

ecific in its protection of several rights and liberties, such as the guarantee of trial by jury in criminal cases and freedom from bills and attainder or vague charges of treason. Alexander Hamilton ...

(5 pages) 95 0 3.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Government

This essay is about the 8th amendment and the dabate over cruel and unnatural punishments.

ng an overly high bail or "unnatural" punishments. It has ensured that in civil matters, as well as criminal cases, the people of America are protected from an overly high bail and cruel and unusual p ... t be required". To first understand this, you must know what bail is. Bail is a sum of money that a criminal defendant gives to the court to gain release from jail until the trial. The defendant must ...

(5 pages) 114 0 4.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > North American History

Notes on Civil and Criminal Cases from Chapter 16 in the Glencoe Civics Today textbook

itten answer, attorneys exchange pleadings4. attorneys present sides of the case and await a verdictCriminal Cases-penal code: the criminal laws of a state-federal penal codeTypes of Crimes:1. Crimes ... plaint; hard to enforce (examples: unauthorized gambling, use of illegal drugs)Court proceedings in criminal cases:1. Arrest suspect2. Preliminary hearing3. indictment4. arraignment5. trial6. delibera ...

(1 pages) 31 0 3.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law > Cases

The Insanity Defense, "Innocent by Reason of Insanity", Should be Reformed or Abolished

oses of mental disorders, according to Jeanne Heaton, a psychologist at Ohio University (Talan 14). Criminals purposely try to plead insanity for crimes they commit to escape severe punishment. It's t ... ieve it is in serious need of reform throughout the United States, or it should be abolished in all criminal cases.The controversy over the insanity defense comes from the many different interpretatio ...

(8 pages) 135 0 4.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues

The Plea Bargaining Process.

plea is an agreement between the defense and the prosecutor in which a defendant pleads guilty to a criminal charge and in exchange he expects to receive some form of consideration from the state. (Ne ... from the state. (Neubauer, 2002, p. 323) Most cases never make it to trial, more than 80 percent of criminal cases filed ended with the defendant entering a guilty plea. (Fagin, 2003, p. 61)Plea barga ...

(8 pages) 135 1 0.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Description of a jury trial in an english court, how effective they are and some criticisms.

What is a jury?All cases of serious criminal offences are tried by a jury.-A jury is a panel of 12 people who listen to the evidence pre ... -Their verdict is based solely on the evidence they have heard.There are also a few civil (i.e. non-criminal) cases in which juries are involved, such as inquests and libel trials.-In civil cases the ... defendant, in a fair trial.The presumption of innocence means that once somebody is charged with a criminal offence, the case becomes sub judice and there cannot be any public comment on the case, fo ...

(5 pages) 61 0 5.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Should plea bargaining be abolished?

trial and jury are becoming less and less common: "most estimates are that approximately 90% of all criminal cases are settled through plea bargains. (Heisse)" There are different types of bargaining, ... of convictions are found from plea agreements according the Gate Group Incorporated: "90 percent of criminal convictions come from negotiated pleas." Because of this, masses of court times are set fre ...

(5 pages) 85 1 4.3 Apr/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law > Issues

Unanimous Verdict vs. Majority Rules Verdicts

vidence, and assess damages. The number of jurors used in a civil trial is less than that used in a criminal trial. Another important difference is that the verdict does not have to be unanimous, mean ... hed by a jury. All jury members must be in agreement as to the innocence or guilt of the accused in criminal cases or as to the liability of the defendant in civil cases. Where all are in agreement, t ...

(4 pages) 15 0 0.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law > Issues

Death Penalty

The employment of the death penalty as the ultimate criminal sanction has been subjected in enormous debates. Many people view that capital punishment s ... hen it is legal, the cost of putting people to death, and the racism and/or sexism involved.In many criminal cases that the sentencing results in capital punishment, the poor defendants will not be ab ... or life. The cost of executing someone is roughly two million dollars, $800,000 more than keeping a criminal in jail for life without parole (Williams, Death Penalty Fair 122). In Florida, it costs $3 ...

(4 pages) 41 0 5.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law > Issues > Death Penalty

The Australian Legal system, differences in civil law and criminal justice, how can both systems be improved? Justify.

e the validity and application of law are determined and enforced. In courts there are two systems, Criminal justice and Civil law. Generally Criminal cases involves the person being persecuted by the ... e people or organisations of the people involved. The following shows how different civil law is to criminal justiceIn the civil law system most cases usually involve individuals, companies or governm ...

(4 pages) 68 0 3.7 May/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Higher Immortality

the most wealthy and powerful members of the US power elite" (Simon, 2006, p.47). With the spate of criminal cases appearing in the media, such as Martha Stewart and Enron, there definitely appears to ... rtha Stewart and Enron, there definitely appears to be a trend of higher immorality. In addition to criminal cases, there are various other examples of immorality among the power elite. A recent event ...

(1 pages) 16 1 0.0 Feb/2007

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Media and criminal justice

It can be said quite confidently that the media does influence the criminal justice system as there is a lot of debate in the media that revolves around criminal cases ... than they are. It would also be a good idea to try persuading or directing the media to portray the criminal justice system in a good light and not always focus on its ineffective aspects.A criminal j ... rders, rape etc. The media leads a big part in the changing of views of the judge and jurors in the criminal justice system.It is important to identify what the term 'media' refers to. There are many ...

(5 pages) 82 0 3.0 Mar/2007

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Critically Assess The Roles Of The Magistrates’ Courts And Lay Justice In The English System Of Justice

Peace Act 1361, which gave judicial powers to appointed lay people. Their main role is dealing with criminals. There are about 30,000 lay magistrates, which are also known as justice of the peace, or ... 0 lay magistrates, which are also known as justice of the peace, or JPs. They hear over one million criminal cases a year, which is 95 percent of all criminal trials, with the remaining being heard in ...

(6 pages) 21 0 0.0 Aug/2001

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law