Trials and Verdicts Essay

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Assignment 2: Trials and Verdicts Robert Cochran CRJ 100 – Intro to Criminal Justice Professor Karina Arzumanova Strayer University June 1, 2014 Discuss one real-life criminal case, taken from current events, and identify the court that took jurisdiction. Explain why the court that took the case was the appropriate one for the particular circumstances. One of the most fundamental questions of law is whether a given court has jurisdiction to preside over a given case. A jurisdictional question may be broken down into three components: whether there is jurisdiction over the person, whether there is jurisdiction over the subject matter, and whether there is jurisdiction to render the particular judgment sought. Also there are…show more content…
In order for the federal government to take over a case, such as in this Marathon bombing example, an alleged violation of federal law must have occurred, or some aspect of the offense must bring it within federal jurisdiction. Tsarnaev’s charges include language about interstate commerce, which is the passing of money across state lines. Matters of interstate commerce have been found to fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Tsarnaev’s statement of charges reportedly asserts that the Boston Marathon is an example of interstate commerce, which allowed the federal government to prosecute the case; as a result, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could be facing the death penalty (U.S. Courts, 2014). Discuss the real-life case that you have selected, in which the defendant accepted a plea bargain as an alternative to trial. Give your opinion on whether or not justice was served in the case in question. Provide a rationale for the response. When it comes to the sentencing of a defendant, a plea bargain can play a big role because it gives the defendant an option to either drop some of the criminal charges that they are being charged with or by reducing the level or severity of a crime in exchange for a guilty plea. Only a small amount of cases actually reach a trial because the vast majority of criminal cases end with a plea bargain or plea agreement. One trial that comes to mind where the defendant accepted a plea agreement was the trial of Ariel
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