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NCJ Number: 136629 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Law: Defending the Accused
Journal: Trial  Volume:28  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (April 1992)  Pages:complete issue
Corporate Author: Assoc of Trial Lawyers of America
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 116
Sponsoring Agency: Assoc of Trial Lawyers of America
Washington, DC 20007
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This special issue contains articles dealing with some of the considerations faced by the defense lawyer representing a client from criminal charges. The defense lawyer's primary responsibility is to protect the constitutional rights of the accused person.
Abstract: The first article calls for reform of the criminal justice system by placing less emphasis on incarceration and more on efforts to attack the roots of crime through education, drug treatment programs, job training, and alternative sanctions. Defense lawyers can take several aggressive steps to protect their clients' interests. These include dealing with excessive media attention, taking an active role in investigating the crime, and ensuring that the prosecution provides access to exculpatory testimony or physical evidence. Another article discusses the recent breakthroughs in DNA testing of hair, skin, and other bodily samples, but points out that the technique may not be as foolproof as some law enforcement groups claim. Two other topics covered here include the application of new corporate sentencing guidelines and the tolerance of some courts for prosecutorial misconduct. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Defense counsel; Rights of the accused
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system reform; Defense preparation; DNA fingerprinting; Media coverage; Sentencing guidelines
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