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Distinctive descriptions of every step of the judicial method besides information from most sensible newshounds permit for a entire research of court docket actions.
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St. , Modem Criminal Procedure, 6th ed. (St. : West Publishing, 1986). 2. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997). 3. Sheppard v Maxwell, Warden, 384 U S 333 (1966). 4. Sheppard v Maxwell, 350. 5. Rideau v Louisiana, 373 U S 723 (1963). (In 2001, the US Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision overturning Rideau’s conviction on grounds of exclusion of blacks from the grand jury. ) 6. Irvin v Dowd, 366 US 717 (1961). 7. Mu’Min v Virginia, 501 U S 1269 (1991). 8. Nebraska Press Association v Stuart, 427 U S 539 (1976).
Since grand juries hear only from prosecution witnesses, it is understandable that as much as 90 percent of the time, indictments are issued. ” Indictments are open to the public and press, although as with the warrant, access may not be available until after an arrest has been made. In about two-thirds of the states, a prosecutor dealing with a suspect in a noncapital case has another option: he may decide without consulting a grand jury to charge someone with a crime. The charge or official accusation is Criminal Procedure 27 called an information and is treated much the same as a grand jury indictment.
Stipulations,or agreements on facts that need not be proven at trial, may be signed by the lawyers for both sides. In the US today, only a small proportion (estimates range from 5-10 percent) of those charged with a crime actually ever come to trial. In some cases 28 Chapter 3 as mentioned above (about a third of the time), the prosecution decides to drop the charges. In the great majority of cases (nearly two-thirds), instead of a trial, the procedure followed is the plea bargain, or negotiated settlement, an agreement reached by the lawyers for both sides and approved by the judge.