Common Law and the Jury System

I. PRELISTENING________________________

B. Vocabulary and Key Concepts

1. guilty/unjustly

2. innocent until proven guilty

3. code of laws

4. common law/precedents

5. testimony/verdict

6. private parties

7. compensatory/punitive damages

8. "beyond a reasonable doubt"

9. convicted

10. irrelevant/evidence/admissible

11. hung

12. pleads guilty/lesser crime

D. Notetaking Preparation

1. Prelecture Reading

a. TOC o "1-5" h z no

b. Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould

c. 2

d. no

e. Because of the nature of the law, courts will be obligated to base future decisions on decisions made in this case.

2. Courtroom Language

a. court reporter

b. judge

c. witness

d. jury

e. bailiff

f. defendant

g. plaintiff/prosecutor

h. courtroom clerk

III. POSTUSTENIMG______________________

A. Accuracy Check

1. innocent until proven guilty

2. British common law

3. 6-12

4. a jury

5. civil

6. criminal

7. to see that the trial is conducted according to law

8. to decide whether they believe the testimony they hear and whether the evidence presented to them is valid

9. about 80%

10. because it’s difficult to prove people are guilty and because trials are so expensive to conduct

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