Compare and contrast the roles of the Judge, Jury, District Attorney (Prosecutor), and Defense Attorney. What are their primary functions and purposes in the courtroom Workgroup?
Discuss the rights of the defendant in your state during the trial phase of the criminal justice process.
Discuss the rights of the victims and/or their families in your state during the pre-trial and trial phase of the criminal justice process. Would it be unusual for the family of a deceased victim to become angered by a slow criminal justice process or one where they are not permitted by law to be given information about the facts or evidence in the case by the District Attorney’s Office before the trial?
Compare and contrast plea-bargaining versus going to trial. Historically, opponents to plea bargains have claimed that they are used to alleviate heavy workloads of prosecutors (district attorneys). Prosecutors argue that plea-bargaining is a necessary part of the criminal justice process for several reasons. Where is the future of the criminal justice process headed in this regard?
Analyze how the Highway Patrol’s computer animated reenactment might have related to the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) effect in the courtroom.
Save the final Microsoft Word document as M5_A1_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
By Monday, August 28, 2017, submit your final paper to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.
LASA 2 Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 300 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Compare and contrasts the roles of jury, judge, district attorney, and defense attorney.
Discusses the rights of the defendant during the trial phase of the criminal justice process.
Discusses the rights of the victims/victims’ families during the trial phase of the criminal justice process.
Compare and contrasts plea-bargaining to going to trial.
Predicts the future of criminal trials in regard to plea-bargaining.
Analyzes how the computer animated reenactment relates to the CSI Effect in the courtroom.
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