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NCJ Number: 118287 Find in a Library
Title: Journalist's Primer on Federal Criminal Procedure
Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc
Cmssn on Public Understanding About the Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc
Chicago, IL 60611
Sale Source: American Bar Assoc
Cmssn on Public Understanding About the Law
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual is intended as a quick reference for journalists regarding Federal criminal procedure and can be used alone or as part of a seminar for which a video tape and seminar planning guide have also been created.
Abstract: The information focuses on the procedures used rather than the individual crimes that can be tried in Federal court. Individual sections summarize the investigatory stage, the grand jury and indictments, arraignment and bond, motions to suppress, and plea bargaining. Further sections focus on discovery, access to the trial, jury selection, opening statements, witnesses and evidence, and closing arguments. Other sections explain jury instructions, the verdict and sentencing, and appeals. The text notes that procedures in State courts share many of the basic principles that guide the Federal judiciary, although they differ in each jurisdiction. Glossary of selected legal terms.
Main Term(s): Criminal procedures
Index Term(s): Case processing; Court procedures; Federal courts; Trial procedures
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