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25 terms

Twelve Angry Men Vocab

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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