America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 10th by David W. Neubauer

By David W. Neubauer

Open this publication and step into America's courtroom approach! With Neubauer and Fradella's best-selling textual content, you'll find for your self what it's prefer to be a pass judgement on, a prosecutor, a security lawyer, and extra. This interesting and well-researched textual content promises a practical experience of being within the courthouse--you will fast achieve an figuring out of what it really is wish to paintings in and be part of the yankee felony justice process. this idea of the courthouse "players" makes it effortless to appreciate each one person's vital position in bringing a case during the courtroom method. in the course of the textual content, the authors spotlight not just the pivotal position of the legal courts but additionally the court's value and impression on society as an entire.

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As important as this question is, the members of the courtroom work group spend most of their time deciding what sentence to impose on the guilty. Indeed, defendants themselves are often more concerned about how many years they will have to spend in prison than about the question of guilt. The principal decision the judge must make is whether to impose a prison sentence or place the defendant on probation. Fines are rarely used in felony cases. The death penalty is hotly debated but in actuality is limited to only some first-degree murder cases.

What lay citizens see on a fictional TV show sightful masters of the system or politically motivated like Law & Order is what they expect to see when hacks, defense attorneys projected as crusaders for they sit as jurors in factual trials, which means that their clients’ interests or corrupters of the justice real life judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys system, and prison guards presented as understand- need to shape their presentations around the activ- ing human beings or brutal sociopaths.

4 CHAPTER 1 Courts, Crime, and Controversy The semen on the panties and nightgown of Carolyn Muncey belong to her husband and not the defendant, argued a lawyer for death row inmate Paul House. The existence of new technology, the lawyer argued—DNA tests that weren’t available when House was convicted over 20 years ago—means House deserves a new trial. The DNA evidence is immaterial, countered the lawyer for the State of Tennessee; House doesn’t deserve yet another hearing in federal court over his state court conviction because the semen was not an essential part of the evidence presented at his initial trial.

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