The Crime Junkie's Guide to Criminal Law: From Law & Order by Jim Silver

By Jim Silver

Traditionally, prime-time tv has dedicated a minimum of one-third of its programming to crime. the intense approval for crime indicates keeps unabated. From legislations & Order to CSI, americans are riveted by means of crime television. court docket television and different cable channels produce precise crime sequence, too, that take audience via either present crimes and trials and chilly situations. but, regardless of efforts in those indicates to depict genuine investigative and felony concepts, likelihood is, audience have questions about legal strategy, felony matters, and similar matters. for example, why do police get offended while a suspect simply asks for a attorney? Or, what is the distinction among being an companion to a criminal offense and being a conspirator? The Crime Junkie's advisor to felony legislation is written particularly for the thousands of crime junkies who make up the audiences for the diversity of crime dramas, either actual and fictional, that blaze throughout our monitors evening after night.The information media comprehend that crime is inherently attention-grabbing since it includes issues all of us comprehend — like ardour, greed, revenge and the urge to make very shut buddies in criminal. tv declares and significant magazines drip with salacious information about the notorious evildoings of the instant. From the activities to the fashion sections, newspaper headlines scream out stories of the most recent superstar picked up for one transgression or one other. This extraordinary ebook is an imperative consultant to legal legislations that makes use of genuine trials along plots and characters from well known tv exhibits to demonstrate felony legislation matters like levels of homicide, the safety of intoxication, seek warrants, madness pleas, and the needs of varied pretrial hearings. Silver bargains a concise, informative, and pleasing clarification of every thing readers want to know to really have fun with crime tales (real and fictional) and know how legal legislations fairly works.

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A killing won’t be reduced to manslaughter where there is overwhelming evidence that a reasonable person would have lost control of her passion, but the evidence also shows that the defendant actually reacted in a cool and detached manner. ” he would not have met the test for manslaughter. Cooling Off Period In the opening scene of episode #32 of Close to Home, Bob and Maxine Peters watch as David Hopkins, the man accused of killing their daughter, is found not guilty by a jury. Half an hour later, as Hopkins is giving media interviews on the steps of the courthouse, Bob Peters rushes toward him, firing a handgun.

The half brother, Simon Marsden, is eventually arrested on charges of stalking and rape. That’s quite a spectrum of rape cases for one episode, even SVU. Statutory Rape In most states, intercourse with a female under the age of consent is rape, without regard to whether she consented or whether any force, threats, or fraud was used. The “age of consent” varies from state to state, but is commonly somewhere in the sixteen to eighteen-year-old age range. Statutory rape is a “strict liability offense,” so the defendant doesn’t even have to be aware of the victim’s age.

These criteria usually address both the nature of the murder (was it especially cruel, for example) as well as the defendant himself (his criminal history). In a 2007 case that made national headlines, a thirty-three-year-old mother of four was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing her Marine husband in order to collect on $250,000 in veteran’s pay. The jury found Cynthia Sommer guilty of “special allegations” of administering poison (her husband Todd was found to have more than one thousand times the normal level of arsenic in his liver) and killing for financial gain (soon after collecting the money Cynthia had breast implant surgery and began hosting loud parties at their home).

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