What crimes are most serious? Why?
What crimes are least serious? Why?
What are the best ways to prevent crime?
Here is a short crime story from the book English Vocabulary in Use." Which words do you know or can you guess?
There was an armed bank robbery. The police investigated the crime scene and interviewed witnesses. They suspected that Bill committed the crime, arrested him and charged him with the crime. The police also believed that Bill's twin brother, Ben was involved in the crime. They accused him of being an accomplice and arrested him, too. At their arraignment hearing, both Bill and Ben pled innocent. Because it was a violent crime, bail was set very high and they couldn't afford it, so they waited in jail until their court date. At the trial, the prosecutor put many witnesses on the stand. The defense lawyer cross-examined the witnesses to show weaknesses in their testimony. During the trial, the prosecutor offered Ben a plea bargain deal. If he pled guilty, he would only get one year in prison. Ben turned down the offer. The jury listened carefully to the testimony of the witnesses, and finally came to a verdict, which was read by the judge. Bill was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ben was acquitted and released. Bill had very good behavior in prison and was released on parole after 5 years. However, because he was a convicted felon, it was hard for him to find work after he got out.