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Melissa L.
Paralegal, Criminal Justice Major, and Substitute Teacher
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Law
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Question:

Is there more to the legal system than what we see on television and movies?

Melissa L.
Answer:

I have a hard time watching television shows and movies that portray "legal matters" because of how blatantly false they are. For example, during a trial, whether it be defense counsel or the prosecutor asking a witness, victim, plaintiff/defendant a question on the stand, the attorneys both know what the witness is going to say. This is why perjury exists. Prior to going to trial, there are depositions (amongst other things) that take place where the prosecutor and defense counsel are allowed to ask a person they intend to call to testify, any question they plan to ask at trial. The answers to these questions are given long before the trial ever begins. To be honest, the only time I have ever witnessed a court room shocker is during the OJ Simpson trial when Christopher Darden, the assistant prosecutor made OJ Simpson try on the infamous pair of gloves that did not fit him. Prior to trial, Darden had never made Simpson try on those gloves. He saved it for the court room which is a huge mistake. As any attorney would say, "Be prepared. Be prepared. Be prepared."

Literature
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Question:

Does Literature just consist of stories?

Melissa L.
Answer:

No! I am not sure why so many people think this, but it is not true. Literature can be anything from a story to poetry. In fact, poetry is my favorite type of literature because it allows the reader to use their imagination in so many ways. Two people can read the same poem and have two drastically different viewpoints on what the poem is truly about or what message they take from the poem. Literature is fascinating.

Criminal Justice
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Question:

What are the main components of the Criminal Justice System?

Melissa L.
Answer:

There are three main components of the Criminal Justice System. Those are: 1. Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Without Law Enforcement, there would not be a Criminal Justice System, after all, police officers are the people who arrest suspects in criminal matters. 2. The Court System(s). This includes prosecution, defense counsel, judges and juries. Through the Court(s), suspects are deemed innocent or guilty. In the United States, a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty, so the burden of proof falls on the prosecution to prove that the suspect did in fact commit the crime(s)/charge(s) brought against him or her. 3. Corrections. Once a judge sentences a person for the crime(s) they have committed, they have to serve out their punishment. Their punishment can range from a fine to probation and/or possibly jail or prison time.

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