Film Analysis: Jury Trial

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Jury Trial Analysis Clarissa Messer CJA/364 March 28, 2012 Blayne Allsup Jury Trial Judges in Carson City Nevada complain “costs of a jury trial cost Nevada and many other states as much as 5,000 dollars per day to conduct a trial” (Vin Suprynowicz, Enter Stage Right, March 1999). However, an accused criminal, and the government play many roles on the process leading into a jury trial. The first obvious step is an individual must commit a crime (break the law). The arresting officer must file a report of the crime committed, and the report is sent off to the prosecuting lawyer. The prosecutor decides if he or she wants to proceed to file charges on the said individual. Charges are normally filed within three business…show more content…
According to Legal, 2004-2007, no contest “refers to the defendant’s plea to the court that he or she would not fight against or dispute the allegations or charges filed against him or her.” If the defendant enters a plea of not guilty, and the crime committed is severe enough, the defendant may be applicable to with stand a jury trial. These crimes mainly include major drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping, etc. Steps in a Jury Trial The first step in a jury trial is the selection of a jury. Selection of a jury is a process that begins with a large group of individuals in the same room interviewed, and asked questions by a lawyer to determine his or her eligibility. The jurors must not withhold any personal biases and must be completely honest in his or her answers. The next step in a jury trial is opening statements. Opening statements consist of both the defense and the prosecuting side to not present evidence in the case but what each side expects the evidence to show, and…show more content…
According to, 2012, the Sixth Amendment states, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.” The Fifth Amendment declares that “no individuals shall be deprived of life liberty or property without due process of the law” (, U.S. Constitution: Fifth Amendment, 2012). An individual who receives the obligation or privilege of a jury trial before a judge is exercising his or her Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights of the United States Constution. As mentioned earlier not every criminal case makes it to a jury trial. However, criminal defendants do receive his or her due process rights. These rights are handed down to the states from the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constution. The Fourteenth Amendment ensures all individuals who are citizens and naturalized of the United States obtain civil rights that cannot, and will not be

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