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  • Technology And Police Brutality

    With the recent decisions to refrain from bringing charges, many have begun to question the whole grand jury system. This situation has caused certain “leaders in New York [to call] for special prosecutors, or the attorney general, to investigate all fatal encounters” (McKinley & Baker, n.d.). Legal experts have said that because the prosecutors select a “special grand jury to investigate police-related deaths, they insulate themselves from the final decision, while appearing to fulfill the public desire for an independent review” (McKinley & Baker, n.d.). Due to these ongoing problems many citizens feel betrayed by the court system as evidenced by the Grand Jury decision not to indict the officers who were accused of the death of Eric Garner.…

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  • Jonbeneant Ramsey Case Study

    Several Grand Jury hearings were held, but none were shown to indict (n.a., 2016). In 2013, released court documents revealed that in a 1999 Grand Jury hearing, the jury voted to indict JonBenét’s parents. The charges to be brought: child abuse resulting in death. The district attorney refused to sign the indictment stating that the case lacked sufficient evidence to be able to charge the couple. As the case got older and no new evidence surfaced, investigators were moved to other cases and the…

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  • George Zimmerman's Case: The Grand Jury Case

    Answering the question as to whether or not I think the case was handled properly provides little challenge when considering the basics: a young man was killed, the person who killed the young man was tried by a jury, and the accused was acquitted of the crime. In essence, the criminal justice system worked when viewing this case from that overarching perspective, but when we consider how we got from the death of Trayvon Martin to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, I am of the opinion the case…

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  • Bench Memorandum Case Study

    United States. v. Dunn Bench Memorandum The purpose of this bench memorandum is to inform the District Court Judge on the significance of Dunn v. United States in refining 18 U.S.C. § 1623, “False declarations before a court or grand jury”, and 18 U.S.C. § 1621, “Perjury generally”, as well as explaining the fundamental purpose of due process. Specifically, this bench memorandum should serve as a reference for District Court judges on how to draft jury instructions about these laws. Statement…

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  • Analytical Essay: The Duty Of A Public Prosecutor

    The grand jurors listen to evidence and decide whether charges should be brought against an individual that’s if they decide to indict someone. “In the United States the prosecutor presents evidence at a hearing before a grand jury, which may or may not return an indictment for trial” (Prosecutor. (2014). Encyclopædia Britannica,) If the grand jury decides to indict it returns as a "true bill.", but if not the grand jury returns a "no bill". Although a jury can return a no bill it doesn’t mean…

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  • Criminal Court Process Analysis

    This hearing determines if there is sufficient evidence that exists against an offender to continue the criminal justice process. The judge in this step searches for a probable cause to prove a crime was committed and the suspect accomplished doing so. Nevertheless, if a probable cause is determined, the accused suspect is held for trial on the information, which results in formal charging. In federal cases and other states, there is a grand jury that is empanelled to determine if there is…

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  • The Symbols Of Police Brutality

    caught on camera, or on audio tape doing illegal and offensive things to citizens, they should be indicted and convicted of charges. First, there have been numerous incidents going on throughout the world involving police brutality. Police brutality is something that has always been happening. It just was never shown as much as it is now to the public’s eye. Therefore, around the world, our people’s eyes are being opened just a little more than they were before. Let me take you back in time when…

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  • Michael Brown Injustice Case Study

    making a “grunting, like aggravated sound”. Brown’s body was about 153 feet east of Wilson’s car. Brown’s blood was about 25 feet east of his body. This evidence supports statements that Brown continued to move closer to the officer after being hit by an initial string of bullets. With all this evidence a St. Louis grand jury, made up of nine whites and three blacks. Their task was to determine whether there was a probable cause to believe that Wilson should be charged with a crime. It…

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  • Criminal Trial Report

    PLEA BARGAINING The defendant’s lawyer attempted plea bargaining with the prosecution due to the excessive evidence against his case and implored Wilson to plead guilty to robbery, breaking and entering, and trespassing in exchange for the prosecution not charging him with murder or assault and battery. However, Wilson was indignant in keeping with his account of the incident and continued to plead not guilty. ARRAIGNMENT After the indictment by the grand jury, Judge Brown recited the formal…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of The Fifth Amendment

    only our rights but our protections against the government when needed. It is stated within the amendment that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury…”. Similarly, it is also divided into three separate clauses that enhance the major phases when dealing in a criminal investigation and prosecutions. The first one is the grand jury, secondly right to self-incrimination, and finally double jeopardy. The…

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