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By David W. Neubauer

Open this publication and step into America's courtroom process! what is it prefer to be a pass judgement on? A prosecutor? A safeguard lawyer? With Neubauer's best-selling e-book, you will discover out! This attention-grabbing and well-researched textual content delivers the experience of being within the courthouse-of what it truly is prefer to paintings in and join the method. this idea of the courthouse "players" illustrates every one person's vital function in bringing a case throughout the courtroom strategy. through the textual content, Neubauer highlights not just the pivotal position of the legal courts in the legal justice procedure but additionally the court's significance and effect on society as an entire.

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But not everyone is convinced of the utility of this conceptualization. Some people point to a nonsystem of criminal justice. Although the work of the police, courts, and corrections must, by necessity, overlap, this does not mean that their activities are coordinated or coherent. From the perspective of the nonsystem, what is most salient is the fragmentation of criminal justice. Fragmentation characterizes each component of the criminal justice system. The police component consists of more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies, with varying traditions of cooperation or antagonism.

But unlike defendants, victims are more likely to be female. FOLLOWING THE STEPS OF THE PROCESS House v. Bell (2006), the official name of the case we have been following, is atypical for a couple of reasons. For one, there was a trial; most defendants plead guilty rather than go to trial. S. Supreme Court; only about 35 criminal cases a year are heard 12 CHAPTER 1 ■ Courts, Crime, and Controversy by the nation’s highest court. But the fact that it was atypical brings into focus all the steps of the process.

The person sitting high above everyone else and wearing the black robes is the judge. The person in handcuffs arrayed in a bright orange jumpsuit is the defendant. And the men and women dressed in uniforms are law enforcement officers. But the roles being performed by the others in attendance are not readily apparent. It is clear that those sitting in front of the railing are more important than those on the other side. Until court proceedings begin, the observer is never sure whether they are victims, defendants, family, witnesses, reporters, potential jurors, or retired citizens whose hobby is court watching.

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