american courts criminal justice

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based on the readings from chapter 7, in a two pages and no more than 2 pages, using apa format, please answer the following questions: read below
1.what is a trial?
2.what are some of the functions of a trial proceeding?

please also read the reading question from chapter 7

please read chapter 7 and review/study the following questions/isues/areas:

1. what is an arrest? an arrest means taking offenders into custody. (arrests of criminal suspects are usually made by police officers.)

2. what is probable cause? the belief that the suspects they have detained probably committed the alleged offense.

3. misdemeanor or felony-officers are not empowered to arrest possible misdemeanants if the officers lack probable cause. booking- an administrative procedure obtaining personal background info. initial appearance-before a magistrate in which a judicial officer advises the defendant of the charges.

4. where did bail originate? in 1690s new england. release on one’s own recognizance (ror)

5. who are targeted by sexual predator laws? they are targeted at violent sex offenders.

6. what are preliminary hearings? what purpose do they serve? (p. 153) these hearings are held after a defendant has been arrested and has had their initial appearance before a magistrate. these hearings are conducted by a magistrate/judicial official to determine if probable cause exists that a crime has been committed and the person charged committed it.

7. preliminary hearings can be used instead of grand juries for the purpose of establishing probable cause.

8. what are grand juries? they are bodies of citizens convened to hear criminal charges against suspects. after hearing the evidence they then issue either a true bill or no bill. if a rue bill is issued then the defendant is arraigned and charges are brought against him/her; if no bill is issued then the defendant is dismissed.

9. what are arraignments? the official proceeding where defendants are informed of the formal criminal charges against them and they enter a plea-guilty, not guilty, nolo contendere (the legal equivalent of a guilty plea; technically not a plea of guilty but a plea of no contest). a plea of not guilty will obligate a judge to set a plea date.

10. speedy trial: suspects must be charged with a criminal offense within 30 days following the arrest or the receipt of a summons; the trial should commence not less than 30 days or more than 70 days from the suspect’s initial appearance.

11. cases involving petty offenses and a grand jury is not permitted or a case in which a defendant waives his/her right to a jury trial a bench trial may be conducted-trial by court/judge.

12. impeaching witnesses- to call into question the truthfulness or credibility of a witness.

13. direct verdict of acquittal- a defense attorney’s request that the judge dismiss the case against the defendant because the prosecution has not proved the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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