The First Crime Recorded in the First Book of the Bible

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How far would one have to think back in history that the first reported criminal trial happened? Would it be similar or different than the ones held today? What would it be about? Would the punishment be similar to ones that are issued today? This article by William R. Riddell gives the audience an inside look to what happened in history on that fateful day. This particular crime was recorded, but it wasn't until the first century of our era that was shown to our world. Since the record was in an ancient piece of document, Riddell is wanting to bring out the fact that he is not writing this article as a story but as breaking the story down as a lawyer for the audience. Any guesses as to what might be this first crime? It was all…show more content…
Ray. (1930). Crime and criminal Justice. Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, 21.3, 325-29. Web. 27 April 2014. On a daily basis in the trial court room, are the following: The trial judge, the bailiff/sheriff, the district attorneys, the clerks, the witnesses and the defendant. In this article written by E. Ray Stevens, he explains to his audience the details behind one of the major jobs in a trial courtroom, the trial judge. The trial judge is constantly called upon to make the guess in advance as to what should be done in order to protect society, and to help make of the offender the sort of man that can take his place in society. (Stevens, 1930) Stevens often compares a trial judge to a physician. Both “diagnose a patient”(or criminal) and give them a form of “treatment” based on their situation. After a certain amount time, they tell the “patient”(or criminal) they are healed and that they can go and be a functional member of society. Even though that is a metaphor, it portrays the trial judge in a better way to understand. A trial judge is essential to crime and criminal justice, because they execute the punishment behind the criminals action. Sure the cops arrest the criminal, the jury finds them either guilty or not guilty, but the judge issues the punishment. However, is locking the prisoners up really worth it in the end? For example, Stevens writes in his article:
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