Chapters 5-9 Study guide Essay
1306 Unit Exam 2 Ch 5 6 7 8 and 9
Indicate whether the statement is true or false.
1. Prosecutors do have discretion as to which suspects to charge with an offense but under a great deal of judicial oversight.
2. For defense attorneys a “successful” case often means a reduction in sentence via a plea bargain, not necessarily an acquittal.
3. A judge may decide that a case cannot continue on to trial because s/he believes there is no probable cause that an offense was committed.
4. Jurors are allowed to read peer-reviewed scholarly works (journal articles) to expand their knowledge on
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a. Every client is entitled to legal representation, no matter how unpopular or heinous the crime.
b. It is not ethical for a defense attorney to defend someone who is lying about their innocence. c. As a matter of legal ethics, no lawyer may represent someone who intentionally perjured hin/herself after being advised against doing so.
d. As long as the client is adequately represented in a court of law, defense attorney ethics are secondary.
____ 18. Which defendants can represent themselves at trial?
a. Only those charged with non-capital offenses
b. “Competent” defendants
c. “Reasonable” defendants
d. Any defendant
e. No defendant can represent themselves at trial unless the defendant has a law degree
____ 19. What is the standard by which defense attorneys are expected to act by the legal community when they represent their clients?
a. They should always argue that their clients are innocent.
b. Lawyers should try to win at all costs.
c. They must understand the facts of the case, present mitigating evidence, and object to any aggravating factors presented by prosecutors.
d. They must ardently represent their clients within the bounds of the law.
____ 20. Defense lawyers must counsel their clients on all of the consequences involved in the case. Which of the following is not a critical issue that defense counsel must handle?