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Judgment that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In other words, a verdict of "not guilty."
court proceeding where the defendant pleads guilty or not guilty to the formal charge of a crime
beyond a reasonable doubt
The standard that must be met by the prosecution's evidence in a criminal case: that there is no other logical explanation, based on the facts, except that the defendant committed the crime
Difficulties in a job or undertaking
Civil Case/Civil Suit
A cicil case begins when a person or corporation files a complaint that another person or corporation failed to carry out a legal duty
a formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought
a strong belief or opinion
another name for an attorney or lawyer
court officer who records, word for word, everything that is said as part of the trial
A sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury in a civil case
In a criminal action, the person or party accused of an offense.
The process in which jurors discuss, in private, the testimony and evidence presented at trial and vote to reach their verdict.
A serious crime
The person selected by fellow jurors to chair deliberations and report the jury's verdict.
A group of citizens that decides whether there is sufficient evidence to accuse someone of a crime.
information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor.
a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
a group of people who might be chosen to serve in a trial
a person involved in a lawsuit
(n.) a crime or offense that is less serious than a felony; any minor misbehavior or misconduct
trial becomes invalid and is canceled
a defendant's plea declaring that he will not make a defense but not admitting his guilt
lying under oath
A jury of 6 to 12 persons that determines guilt or innocence in a civil or criminal action.
One who begins a lawsuit
an urgent request for help; the answer given in a law court by a person accused of a crime
perponderance of the evidence
the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil (non-criminal) lawsuit for the trier of fact (jury or judge without a jury) to decide in favor of one side or the other. This preponderance is based on the more convincing evidence and its probable truth or accuracy, and not on the amount of evidence.
to press charges against
Parties to a lawsuit resolve their dispute without having a trial.
(v.) to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
statements by witnesses under oath
all jurors must agree on the verdict
A lawyer appointed by the President in each judicial district to prosecute and defend cases for the federal government. The U.S. Attorney employs a staff of Assistant U.S. Attorneys who appear as the government's attorneys in individual cases.
the decision a jury makes in a trial; the decision said by the jury
Jury selection process of questioning prospective jurors, to ascertain their qualifications and determine any basis for challenge.
someone who sees an event and reports what happened
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