Survey of Law Final Study Guide Essay

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Which of the following statements concerning the severance of parties charged with a criminal offense is incorrect?
Answer: A trial judge has broad discretion to deny a motion for severance even when counsel demonstrate that two defendants will present conflicting and irreconcilable defenses.

Which of the following statements is correct?
Answer: Most states have now adopted liberal rules allowing pretrial discovery in criminal cases.

Which of the following is not a component of a pretrial process? Answer: sentencing of the defendant

The singling out of an individual for prosecution based on that person’s race of religion is known as selective prosecution.

Disruptive courtroom behavior by defendants, witnesses, and
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The pretrial stage when a magistrate or judge examines the government’s case to determine if there is probable cause to bind the accused over to a grand jury or to hold the accused for trial is known as a(n) preliminary hearing.

The federal law that allows to detain an arrestee without bail on grounds of the arrestee’s dangerousness to the community is The Federal Bail Reform Act of 1984.

Which of the following statements is incorrect?
Answer: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a defendant in a criminal case has the right to bail under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

True, the Sixth Amendment guarantees an accused the right to a trial by jury in a criminal case where a penalty of more than six months imprisonment can be imposed.

False, For the purpose of ruling whether to grant a defendant’s motion for a judgment or acquittal (directed verdict), a trial judge must view the evidence in a light most favorable to the defendant.

Similar fact evidence consists of facts similar to the facts of a crime charged against the defendant. Although courts sometimes admit such evidence, it cannot be admitted in a criminal trial to demonstrate the defendant’s propensity to commit crime.

Which of the following statements concerning a defendant’s right to a speedy trial is incorrect?
Answer: Rules prescribing time limits on trials of felonies and misdemeanors tend to be rigid without any provisions for exceptions to the time limits.

In 2004 the U.S.

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