10 terms

12 Angry Men Vocab

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First Degree
premeditated murder
Premeditate
plan, arrange or plot a crime
Homicide
killing of one person by another
fancy
an image or fantastic invention of the mind
beyond 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
retire
for a jury to go into the jury room to decide on a verdict after all evidence, argument and jury instructions have been completed
double jeopardy
placing someone on trial a second time for an offensive for which he/she has been previously acquitted, even when new incriminating evidence has been unearthed
burden of proof
requirement of the plaintiff shows by a 'preponderance of evidence' or 'weight of evidence' that all the facts necessary to win a judgment are presented and are probably true
prosecution
in criminial law, the government attorney charging and trying the case against a person accused of a crime; a common term for the governments side in a criminal case
taking the fifth
the refusal to testify on the ground that the testimony might tend to incriminate the witness in a crime, based on the amendment that states 'no person...shall be compelled to be a witness against himself'