Friday, June 14, 2013

A person accused of a crime is guaranteed certain rights

A person accused of a crime is guaranteed certain rights to ensure a fair process that produces a just outcome. Those rights include:

  • trial by jury of one’s peers, 
  • the right to have one’s lawyer cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses to test the truthfulness of testimony, and 
  • the right to present testimony that may show innocence. 
In a perfect world, these rights make certain that facts are subjected to tests, which serve to counterbalance the lopsided battle between the state (represented by the prosecutor) and the individual (represented by the defense). The structure aims to protect against foibles such as laziness and the temptation of professionals to collude - Bach, Amy (2010-08-03). Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court (p. 5). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.

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