Essay On Evidence And Sentencing

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Evidence and Sentencing Mark Passi CJA 204 January 25, 2012 Ray Rawlins A presiding judge in a court of law is to make sure constitutional rights of the accused are protected during trial proceedings. A conviction by a court jury of the defendant will give the judge authority to impose reasonable punishment based upon the severity of the crime committed. The goal of “retribution” to a convicted person has changed throughout history of the criminal justice system. It is important to give a well deserve punishment for the severity of the crime. This sentencing goal is critical due to the fact that different state has different sentencing laws. These are issues the American society deals with when a court sanctioned a cruel and unreasonable punishment. Structured Sentencing The public opinion of social justice wanted a different sentencing model that will determine fair justice to convicted criminals. Through criticism of its methods, the…show more content…
Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 reversed a court sentence by a judge in a criminal case involving Charles Apprendi. (Schmalleger, 2009, p. 394). The defendant Charles Apprendi pleaded guilty to “unlawfully possessing a firearm,” (Schmalleger, 2009, p. 394). The presiding judge during trial found out that Apprendi fired shots to a neighboring house as threats to leave the neighborhood. As the judge’s final decision and consideration of Apprendi’s actions to be a hate crime gave the judge notion of a severe sentence in prison. The high court’s decision to overturn the sentence was in favor of Apprendi’s Sixth Amendment right of due process to trial by jury and evidence has to be admitted in court through process to the jurors. A judge imposing sentencing must not consider facts unable to provide to the jury is against the federal

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