How many people know the truth about how the criminal justice system and our government functions? How many people REALLY know what happens between the arrest and the trial? There are many people who have experienced corruption in their lifetime. People that have been wrongly convicted, people that have been physically and mentally abused, and more. These are their true stories, experiences, and opinions.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
What do you think?
How do you believe things function in our criminal justice system and why?
Here we have certain titles and their general job descriptions. Do you think these descriptions are followed? Why or why not? Give your opinion.
Judges:Also called arbiter of justice, is a lead who presides over a court of law. The judge is like an umpire in a game and conducts the trial impartially and in open court. He/She hears all evidence presented, assesses the credibility, then issues a ruling.
States Attorneys:most commonly an elected official who represents the State (prosecution) in criminal prosecutions and is often the chief law enforcement officer of their county. The principle duties are usually mandated by law and include representing the State in all criminal trials for crimes which occur within that states attorneys jurisdiction. It also includes charging crimes through information and/or jury indictments.
Lawyers:a person who is liscensed to practice law. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services.
Jury:a sworn body of people randomly selected convened to render an impartial verdict
Grand Jury:determines whether there is enough evidence for trial.