premeditate

consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand

defendant

a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law

prosecution

The side in a court case that pursues formal charges against a criminal to final judgment.

coroner

a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes

unanimous

being in complete agreement

hung jury

a jury that cannot reach a verdict

verdict

the decision a jury makes in a trial; the decision reached by the jury

foreman

the man who heads and speaks for the jury

sadist

someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others

acquit

to find the defendent innocent ("not guilty")

antagonize

to make someone to become hostile or unfriendly

abstain

To choose not to do something

belligerently

in a hostile or angry manner

discrepancy

a fault or error noted between conflicting facts or claims

bigot

a person who is completely intolerant of any different group, race, religion, belief or opinion

monopoly

the exclusive control or possession of (a business)

naive

having or showing a lack of experience or judgment; credulous (gullible)

preliminary

preceding before the main part; introductory or initial

beyond a reasonable doubt

rule that jurors can only find the defendant guilty if they are 100% convinced of guilt with NO room for doubt

alibi

an excuse used by the defendant to prove he/she was elsewhere when the crime was committed

deliberate

to consider and discuss carefully

perjury

the act of lying under oath in court

cross-examine

to question a witness who has already testified for the opposite side

plead the Fifth

to refuse to testify when doing so might incriminate oneself (witness) in a crime

double jeopardy

rule that a person cannot be tried twice for the same crime

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