Trials and Verdicts Essay

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Assignment 2: Trials and Verdicts
Robert Cochran
CRJ 100 – Intro to Criminal Justice
Professor Karina Arzumanova
Strayer University
June 1, 2014

Discuss one real-life criminal case, taken from current events, and identify the court that took jurisdiction. Explain why the court that took the case was the appropriate one for the particular circumstances. One of the most fundamental questions of law is whether a given court has jurisdiction to preside over a given case. A jurisdictional question may be broken down into three components: whether there is jurisdiction over the person, whether there is jurisdiction over the subject matter, and whether there is jurisdiction to render the particular judgment sought. Also there are
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The three women that fell victim to Castro included Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina Dejesus. While in the house these women endured extreme circumstances including being rapped, which oftentimes resulted in pregnancies. Castro would then attempt to make the women miscarry through a series of beatings and starvation. However, while captive Berry did end up giving birth to a baby girl in a swimming pool. While the baby almost died from difficulty of breathing, they were able to resuscitate her. Finally on May 6th, 2013 Amanda Berry and her child were able to get the attention of some neighbors that heard their screams for help because Ariel Castro forgot to lock everything up when he left, allowing them to make it to the top level of the house. After the two escaped from a window Berry called 911 and told them about Castro holding them captive. Local law enforcements quickly came to help rescue the other two women and arrested Castro the same day. Then on May 8, 2013, Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Overall Castro pled guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole plus 1,000 years. One month into his sentence, Castro committed suicide by hanging himself with bed

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