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    unjust, and illegal. The state, miraculously, offered the West Memphis Three an Alford plea after examining new evidence in 2011 (Paradise Lost 3). Here is some kind of oxymoronic legal plea developed because the Criminal Justice System sometimes finds itself in a predicament that has very little to do with justice and more with self preservation. On the one hand, the state does not have enough evidence to support their initial convictions of the West Memphis Three (Paradise Lost 3). On the other hand, according to Paradise Lost 3:Purgatory if the state allowed this case to go to trial, yet again, they may run into some serious dilemmas. First, the trial could take several months or even years, costing the state money on the retrial. Second, the state admitted that if the case was overturned there could be the possibility of the state owing the prisoners millions of dollars in restitution. Last, if the initial ruling was overturned then the state would have to reopen the case for investigation. Instead the state offered the Alford plea, a plea that allows the defendants to proclaim their innocence but plead guilty with time served (Paradise Lost 3). The offer of this type of plea is a prime example of the injustice in the authority of the system that calls itself just. The innocent are freed from the danger and the torture of solitary confinement and incarceration by accepting this plea. Nonetheless, regardless of innocence, they are convicted murders, not allowed…

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    information regarding police activities. Her lawyer urged her to take an Alford plea in order to avoid going through trial and facing a harsher punishment (Austin, 2014). Although she still wanted to plead innocent, this was the best choice for her since a jury would not have been lenient. During the prosecution, Fields eventually accepted the plea deal and was only prosecuted for two charges. The two charges were two counts of carnal knowledge (Austin, 2014). Throughout the entire investigation…

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    Jury Trial Analysis

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    It also shows the importance of having a jury trial because it makes the case public, and fair due to the fact that the jury is supposed to be composed of a defendant’s peers. This chapter also showcases the justice system’s ability to fix and review cases that have been done incorrectly, especially in the case of Snyder, in which he was able to prove that the prosecution had created a biased jury. This chapter also highlights the most important aspects of the trial, and how strict it is in its…

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    Remand Custody Analysis

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    Remand custody, or pre-trial detention cases have been vastly increasing over the last ten years. Individuals who have not been sentenced yet are in remand custody, which is when an individual is in custody but awaiting their trail or sentence (Griffiths, 2014, p.179). Previously inmates had the larger number in prisons; however, the remand population has climbed and on most cases has outnumbered convicted inmates (Weinrath, 2009, p.355). Through the Justice of the Peace or a judge, individuals…

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    I have observed a few cases in the adult plea court, and while some cases were quick and short, only one was long. Even though there were various of cases that were dealing with different types of crimes, I saw that the legal system was still fair with their decisions towards the accused. A small case that occurred was R v. Stanley and the type of case was assault which is under section 265.1(a) in the criminal code. The name of the accused was Alloq Stanley, the crown 's name was Mr. Humphrey…

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    abide by the conditions set forth in the program (wolf 6). As stated in the summary report “the mission of the mental health court is to promote public safety, reduce criminal activity associated with offenders with a mental illness, and enable the participant to live a productive and law-abiding lifestyle in our community” (wolf 6). I argue how sad our civilization has become when a mentally ill person is forced to pled guilty to a charge weather guilty or not just to receive help for their…

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    justice system works when speaking of the minority. Innocent individuals are being charged for crimes they did not commit and are being interrogated and threated to except all blame for crimes. Prosecutors bully defendants into pleading guilty and accepting plea-bargains. These prosecutors believe in playing with defendants’ incompetence, so they focus on their lack of knowledge to get the case closed and someone locked down. Prosecutors are fully aware that most of their defendants are not…

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    insurance and payed for the damages. She was given a warning with a two hundred dollar fine. As time went on, another thing I observed was that the court room was more laid-back then what it is made out to be in the textbooks. A case I found more interesting than the others at the arraignment was that they brought out an inmate. He looked to be very young. It was hard to hear, but he had already three cases on him, what the cases where for where not stated. The young inmate had no council and…

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    Stepping Back, Moving Forward our authors Take a look into our plea-bargaining systems role into wrongful convictions. According to our authors plea- bargaining dispose of roughly 95 % of adjudicated criminal cases (Maguire, Tbls. 5.24.2008, 5.46.2006). Over my years of taking criminal justice course I have learned to so many innocent people actually plead guilty to crimes they did not commit. DNA evidence which lead to an exoneration is evidence of just that. Wrongful convictions produce out of…

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    Being in law enforcement for several years I come across several suspects and defendants who expresses the criminal justice process moves like a snail and is always unpredictable. Imagine if a significant amount of cases was going to trial instead of over 90% of felony cases are plea bargained (Bohm, R., Haley, K.,n.d). Nevertheless, there are three types of plea bargains and prosecutors tend to have factors to decide if the plea bargain is in the best interest or what’s the better plea…

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