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

By David W. Neubauer

Open this publication 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 ebook, you will discover out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content offers 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 every one person's very important position in bringing a case throughout the court docket method. through the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal position of the felony courts in the legal justice procedure but in addition the court's value and effect on society as a complete.

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The county medical examiner testified that the cause of death was a severe blow to the left forehead, causing a hemorrhage to the right side of the brain. The murder of Carolyn Muncey in a rural area where such crimes rarely happen and the killing of Michael Gerardi in a big city like New Orleans where such events are all too common (see The Murder Trial of Shareef Cousin) provide poignant examples that crime has been a pressing national concern for decades. Newspapers headline major drug busts.

In turn, state governments 8 CHAPTER 1 ■ Courts, Crime, and Controversy create local units of government, such as counties and cities. Each of these levels of government is associated with its own array of police, courts, and corrections. This decentralization adds tremendously to the complexity of American criminal justice. S. S. S. attorney general (national). Tensions and Conflicts Criminal justice is best viewed as both a system and a nonsystem. Both interdependence and fragmentation characterize the interrelationships among the agencies involved in apprehending, convicting, and punishing wrongdoers.

Overall, little of importance happens during arraignment; this legal step is somewhat equivalent to taking class attendance. Evidence The term discovery refers to the exchange of information prior to trial. 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.

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