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

By David W. Neubauer

Open this booklet and step into America's courtroom method! With Neubauer and Fradella's best-selling textual content, you can find for your self what it's wish to be a pass judgement on, a prosecutor, a security lawyer, and extra. This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content delivers a pragmatic experience of being within the courthouse--you will quick achieve an knowing of what it really is prefer to paintings in and be part of the yankee felony justice approach. this idea of the courthouse "players" makes it effortless to appreciate each one person's vital position in bringing a case during the court docket method. during the textual content, the authors spotlight not just the pivotal position of the felony courts but additionally the court's significance and influence on society as an entire.

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Wingo and the Right to a Speedy Trial House v. Bell and Federal Court Scrutiny of State Death Row Inmates 6 Burns v. Reed and Prosecutorial Misconduct 18 North v. Russell and Nonlawyer Judges 7 Gideon v. Wainwright and the Right to Counsel 19 In re Gault and Due Process in Juvenile Courts CHAPTER CASE CLOSEUP cannot totally explain why the jury voted to sentence House to die (other juries in somewhat similar cases vote for life imprisonment). Nor can law on the books explain why some appellate court judges decided that the law meant that House deserved another hearing, but other judges, looking at the same facts and reading the same law, reached the opposite conclusion.

1 CONTINUED LAW ON THE BOOKS LAW IN ACTION Sentencing Punishment imposed on a defendant found guilty of violating the criminal law. Seven million persons in prison, on probation, or on parole. Appeal Review of the lower-court decision by a higher court. Only 6 percent of convicted defendants win a significant victory. noncapital state felony. ) CRIME The amount of crime in the United States is difficult to quantify precisely, but compared to other industrialized nations it is high. 4 million serious crimes to the police (many others are never reported and therefore never make the official statistics).

After the proceedings begin, the roles of those in back of the railing become more apparent. Some participants are present on a regular basis; others, only occasionally. Many are public employees, but some are private citizens. 1 provides a chart of many of the actors one would expect to see in a courthouse on any given day. Some of the titles vary from place to place. Similarly, the participants vary depending on the type of case. 1 ACTORS IN THE COURTHOUSE COURTS PUBLIC POLICE LAWYERS COURT SUPPORT STAFF Federal Prosecutor Clerk of court Probation officer Bail bondsman Defendant State Public defender Court reporter Jail Newspaper reporter Victim Sheriff Private defense attorneys Pretrial services Prison Witness Local Judge Bailiff Drug rehabilitation program Juror Special districts Law clerk Court administrator Private security Victim-/witnessassistance program Rape crisis center CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS REGULAR PARTICIPANTS IRREGULAR PARTICIPANTS Victim advocates 12 CHAPTER 1 Courts, Crime, and Controversy murder case, for example, a scientist from the crime lab may be presenting evidence, but in a child sexual abuse case, the actors will more likely include a social worker or psychiatrist.

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