10 terms

12 Angry Men Vocab

First Degree
premeditated murder
plan, arrange or plot a crime
killing of one person by another
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
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
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'