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12 Angry Men Court System Vocabulary Quizlet

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Premeditated Murder
A killing that was planned ahead of time
Verdict
The jury's final decision of the defendant's guilt or innocence
Motive
The reason why the crime might have been committed
Evidence
Proof of innocence or guilt presented at a trial.
Hung Jury
The inability of the jury to reach a unanimous decision
Reasonable Doubt
Doubt about the guilt of a criminal after considering all of the evidence
Unanimous
Everyone agrees. In a jury, all decisions must be unanimous, so all 12 jurors must agree that the defendant is guilty or that the defendant is innocent.
Jury
12 people brought into court to decide on the guilt or innocence of a defendant
Acquit
To decide that someone is not guilty of a crime
Sentence
The punishment of the guilty party decided by the judge
Alibi
Proof of having been elsewhere during the crime, and therefore unable to have committed the crime.
Sequester
To keep jury members away from the public during a trial.
Prosecution
The attorney who tries to prove that the defendant is guilty. This attorney has the BURDEN OF PROOF, or the responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.
Defense
The attorney representing the defendant—wants a "not guilty" verdict
Deliberation
Formal discussion/arguments made by the attorneys
Witness
A person who has information about the crime and testifies under oath at the trial
Convict
To decide that someone is guilty of a crime.
Felony
A serious crime, such as murder