Courtroom 302

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Professor Chapleau
7 April 2013 Courtroom 203 My understanding of the court system has changed almost weekly from the beginning of my semester. I do understand things that I never thought I would’ve have known or even cared about in the least. The book Courtroom 302 has brought an even different side of thinking into this. The book goes into detail about the criminal court in Chicago. He watches all of the actions and different trials that come and go in the courtroom 302. He presents many different cases throughout the book which gives more insight then just a single case. Overview of the book: The book is written by Steve Bogira, who is a reporter for a newspaper is Chicago. He goes into the courtroom 302 whose judge
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One of the defendants actually states “Hey you good, Why aint you become a real lawyer” (p. 138). They think because they are getting this for free that these people representing them don’t have any idea what they are doing because the one was so good at using the facts for his client is a good way he got him acquitted. Throughout most of the book the judge of the courtroom is up for a retention election. He is a circuit court judge and that means he has to do a partisan election and he must get 60% majority to keep his job on the bench. This makes a huge impact on some of the decisions judges will make in the courtroom. During the trail of white men who were going trail over beating a young black kid who was in their neighborhood. The judge was being affected harshly by this because if he was easy on the men then the black community would vote against him because the beating was racially motivated. On the other hand if he gives them a harsh sentence he could be looked at bad because these men were first time offenders. He gets accused of rushing the case because what he planned on doing was gives the one man who was the one who did the beating a harsh sentences and give the others probation. He wanted to get it on the record that he gave him a harsher sentence, and even after the sentence he was telling the media all about his reasoning for why and how he came up with this decision. He ended up give

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