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By David W. Neubauer

ISBN-10: 0495095400

ISBN-13: 9780495095408

Open this publication and step into America's courtroom process! what is it wish to be a pass judgement on? A prosecutor? A safety legal professional? With Neubauer's best-selling e-book, you will discover out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content promises the feel of being within the courthouse-of what it's prefer to paintings in and join the procedure. this idea of the courthouse "players" illustrates every one person's very important position in bringing a case throughout the court docket technique. in the course of the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal function of the felony courts in the legal justice method but additionally the court's value and impression on society as a complete.

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To some, the refusal of DA Harry Connick to try Shareef Cousin a second time represented a miscarriage of justice—a brutal murderer was released on a legal technicality. In the words of Connie Babin, the victim’s date for that evening: “You try and do the right thing, and you get kicked in the end” (Coyle 1999). To others, the reversal of the murder conviction meant that justice eventually prevailed—an innocent man had been freed from death row. Throughout the proceedings, the defendant’s family alleged racism, prosecutorial misconduct, and underhanded police work.

In some states (but not all) the prosecutor is required to turn over a copy of the police reports to the defense prior to trial. Generally, however, the defense is required to provide the prosecutor with little if any information. The formal law aside, many prosecutors voluntarily give defense attorneys they trust extensive information prior to trial, anticipating that the defense attorney will persuade the defendant to enter a plea of guilty. Motions are simply requests that a judge make a decision.

The major components of the criminal justice system do not make up a smoothly functioning and internally consistent organization. Rather, the criminal justice system is both interdependent and fragmented. CHAPTER 1 Corrections ■ Courts, Crime, and Controversy 7 major impact on the judiciary. The more felons the police arrest, the greater the workload of the prosecutors; and the more overcrowded the prisons, the more difficult it is for judges to sentence the guilty. 1 The Overlapping Circles of the Criminal Justice System An Interdependent Criminal Justice System Viewing the various components of criminal justice as a system highlights the fact that these different agencies are interdependent and interrelated (Walker 1992).

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