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

By David W. Neubauer

Open this e-book and step into America's courtroom process! what is it wish to be a pass judgement on? A prosecutor? A safety lawyer? With Neubauer's best-selling publication, you will find out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content delivers the experience of being within the courthouse-of what it's wish to paintings in and join the procedure. this idea of the courthouse "players" illustrates each one person's vital position in bringing a case during the courtroom method. through the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal function of the legal courts in the felony justice method but additionally the court's significance and influence on society as an entire.

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Responsibility and self-control. To reinforce social values of discipline and self-control, and to achieve the goal of repressing crime, the courts must process defendants efficiently. They should rapidly remove defendants against whom there is inadequate evidence and quickly determine guilt according to evidence. The crime control model holds that informal fact-finding—initially by the police and later by the prosecutor—not only is the best way to determine whether the defendant is in fact guilty but also is sufficiently foolproof to prevent the innocent from being falsely convicted.

Preliminary Hearing During the preliminary hearing the prosecutor must prove there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime. Probable cause involves two elements: proof that a crime was committed and a linkage between the defendant and that crime. This isn’t much of a standard of proof, so most of the time the judge finds that probable cause is present and orders the defendant held for further proceedings. In most courthouses, few cases are dismissed at the preliminary hearing for lack of probable cause.

To look ahead, here are some of the general controversies facing the courts and some of the specific issues that will be discussed. Chapter 2 3 4 Controversy Should Asset Forfeiture Be Limited? Should the Double Jeopardy Clause Prohibit Parallel State and Federal Prosecutions? Should State Crimes Also Become Federal Violations? Is It Time to End the War on Drugs? 2 Competing Values in the Criminal Justice System Crime Control Model Due Process Model Key value Repress crime. Protect rights of citizens.

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