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P300 2-24/26 Lecture Notes

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P300 2-24/26 Lecture Notes CJUS P300: Prosecution

Katherine Rose
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Topics in Criminal Justice: Prosecution
Mary Diekhoff

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These are the notes for the February 24 & 26 lecture
Topics in Criminal Justice: Prosecution
Mary Diekhoff
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katherine Rose on Friday February 27, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to CJUS P300: Prosecution at Indiana University taught by Mary Diekhoff in Winter2015. Since its upload, it has received 209 views. For similar materials see Topics in Criminal Justice: Prosecution in Criminal Justice at Indiana University.

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224Z15 Notes No notes in class today discussed two cases 226l15 Notes As a prosecutor when you are charging a crimes you are concerned with When the crime occurred statute of limitations Location of the crime jurisdiction Date of the crime older cases are more difficult to win as a prosecutor Whether or not there is probable cause Age of the defendantaccused Prior record of the defendantaccused Evidence What does the victim want remember the victim is not the prosecutor s client Issues in identification of the defendantaccused prosecutor must prove the case amp be concerned with their first duty administering justiceO Under the law certain charges will be enhanced because of prior criminal records Midterm question A case for the prosecution will rarely ever get stronger from the time that it is charged It is more likely that the case will get weaker over time Prosecutor must consider what the case will put the victim through You re dealing with a victim and must be sensitive Prosecutors have a duty to keep the victim informed throughout the process The media does not influence charging decisions of the prosecutor Neither do politicianspolitics No one can make a prosecutor charge a crime they must remain objective Prosecutor must consider Do I have a case I can prove beyond a reasonable doubt and do I have probable cause for charging the accused Whatever a prosecutor charges they must have probable cause and be able to prove the case in the future Grand juries are gathered by a judge for a prosecutor They are used as a charging tool for the prosecutor good for factfinding Used for making a charging decision and seeing where a potential jury will stand The grand jury proceeding is confidential o Witnesses are called by the judge prosecutor and the grand jury o The target of the case is present without their legal representation 0 Grand juries do have the power to subpoena witnesses as they see necessary 0 Their purpose is to see how strongweak a case is Grand juries make a decision to indict or not indict o The prosecutor does not have to listen to the grand jury s opinion


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