Jury Vocabulary

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premeditated murder
when someone plans to murder someone
verdict
a decision on a disputed issue
indictment
a formal charge or accusation
motive
the reasoning behind the crime
evidence
the available information showing what is true
defense
the act of resisting
hung jury
when the jury can't agree on a verdict
jury
a body of people sworn to give a verdict
circumstantial evidence
evidence that relies on an inference to draw a conclusion
physical evidence
any material object that plays some role in the case
Deliberation
a long and careful consideration or discussion
reasonable doubt
how much evidence required to validate a criminal conviction
unanimous
fully in agreement
sequester
take legal possession of assets until a debt has been paid
prosecution
the institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge.
testimony
a formal written or spoken statement in the court of law
witness
a person who sees an event, typically a crime taking place
sentence
the punishment assigned to a defendant
alibi
a claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when an act took place
acquittal
a person is not guilty of a crime
grand jury
a jury selected to examine the validity of an accusation before trial
arraignment
a formal reading of a criminal charging document
felony
a charge punishable for more than one year or death
misdemeanor
a minor crime usually charged with less than a year
cross examine
a question in a court to discredit a testimony already given
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