Trials and Verdicts
Alexis N. Ford
CRJ 100 Week 8 Assignment
Professor Currie Guavreau
November 29, 2015
In a criminal trial, a jury examines the evidence to decide whether, "beyond a reasonable doubt," the defendant committed the crime in question. Once the case is taken to trial the jury then must come up with a verdict of either "Guilty" or "Not Guilty" based off the evidence and points of the attorneys. Some cases turn out to be pretty accurate yet others may have a little twist to them. Understanding the court processes and its jurisdiction, plea bargaining, and of course wrongly accused and/ or convicted felons are all a part of criminal cases ...view middle of the document...
The court held that the evidence was sufficient to convict Burrage of the crime. The court also noted that experts presented adequate testimony that Banka would not have died but for the heroin in his system. Additionally, the court held that in-court testimony of the police officer was not hearsay.
On January 18, 1994, Christopher J. Dean was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in Minnesota. As a result of the conviction, Dean was required to register as a sex offender. Dean relocated to Montana in 2003 and registered as a sex offender there. Dean then subsequently relocated to Georgia and registered in 2005 as a sex offender and provided notice to Montana. Dean traveled to Alabama sometime between July 2007 and August 2007 and failed to register as a sex offender there. Dean was arrested in Alabama for failing to register. On March 14, 2008, Dean was charged in federal district court with one count of having traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failing to register as a sex offender as required by SORNA. Dean moved to dismiss his indictment in the district court, arguing that SORNA was invalid under the Administrative Procedure Act, non-delegation doctrine, and Commerce Clause, Ex Post Facto Clause, and Due Process Clause of the Constitution. The district court denied Dean's motion to dismiss. Dean then pled guilty to the charge, was sentenced to time served, and filed this timely appeal. Dean is not currently incarcerated but is subject to supervised release.
August 13, 1986, Christine Morton, wife of 32 year old Michael Morton, was attacked and killed at their home in Williamson County, Texas, just outside Austin, Tx. Michael Morton was at work at the time. Still, authorities suspected him. Morton was charged, ripped away from his boy, and put on trial. The prosecutor, speaking to the jury in emotional terms with tears streaming down his face, laid out a graphic, depraved sexual scenario, accusing Morton of beating his wife to death for refusing to have sex on his birthday the day before. Trial didn't include critical evidence. A few years ago, a group of attorneys, on Morton's behalf, managed...