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

By David W. Neubauer

Open this e-book and step into America's court docket approach! what is it prefer to be a pass judgement on? A prosecutor? A protection legal professional? With Neubauer's best-selling e-book, you can find out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content can provide the feel of being within the courthouse-of what it's wish to paintings in and be part of the procedure. this idea of the courthouse "players" illustrates each one person's vital position in bringing a case throughout the courtroom approach. through the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal function of the felony courts in the legal justice method but in addition the court's value and effect on society as a complete.

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The “law in action” perspective helps us understand how discretionary decisions are made within the context of the formal law. Finally, the “courts and controversy” perspective helps us think about policy choices, priorities, potential reforms to the system, and what directions such reforms should take. THE COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM The Union County sheriff took the lead in the Muncey murder investigation, aided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Suspicion quickly focused on Paul House after a family friend reported seeing him near the Muncey house before the body was discovered.

Exercising this authority, though, is limited by the reality of high caseloads. The quickest way to dispose of cases is by a plea of guilty. Thus judges must be responsive to prosecutors and defense attorneys if they are to achieve their principal goal of disposing of cases. Defendants and Their Victims Defendants are, by and large, young, poor, uneducated minority males. A large percentage stand accused of property crimes (theft and burglary) or low-level drug offenses. They are hardly the clever and sophisticated criminals portrayed in fiction.

Even when cases are tried, defense attorneys only occasionally are able to secure a not-guilty verdict for their clients. Judges Judges in state courts are by and large elected by the voters. S. Senate. ■ Courts, Crime, and Controversy 11 Judges are the ultimate authority figures in the courthouse because only judges can set bail, only judges can instruct jurors about the meaning of the law, and only judges can impose sentences. Exercising this authority, though, is limited by the reality of high caseloads.

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