Jury Verdicts Competency 1 Articulate how the rules of crim
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Jury Verdicts Competency 1: Articulate how the rules of criminal procedure apply to a criminal justice practitioner. Introduction In our criminal justice system, defendants have the right to a trial by jury. This right is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, specifically, the 6th Amendment. While the Constitution does set forth requirements as to the size of the jury, it does not require that the jury reach a unanimous verdict. A non-unanimous verdict is a verdict by a jury that is not the result of a unanimous vote. In Apodaca v. Oregon, the Supreme Court held that a 10-to-2 vote for conviction is constitutional. In Johnson v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court held that a 9-to-3 vote for conviction was constitutional. Given the defendant’s right to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the lack of requirement for a unanimous verdict may beg the question as to whether it is appropriate to allow majority verdicts rather than unanimous verdicts. Instructions For this discussion, consider the fact that the Supreme Court has discarded the argument that a less-than-unanimous verdict violates the reasonable doubt standard, stating that the term reasonable doubt refers to the individual juror and not the entire jury. In your main post: Explore whether all criminal trials should require unanimous verdicts, using a related case as the basis for your position. Articulate two practical issues that might arise under unanimous verdict requirements. Describe the implications of non-unanimous jury verdicts as a criminal justice professional. Discussion Objectives The competency addressed in this discussion is supported by discussion objectives, as follows: Competency 1: Articulate how the rules of criminal procedure apply to a criminal justice practitioner. Explore whether all criminal trials should be required to have unanimous verdicts. Articulate potential practical issues that might arise under unanimous verdict requirements. Describe the implications of non-unanimous jury verdicts. Resource-Use your Criminal Procedure e-book to read Chapter 12, ‘Basic Constitutional Rights of the Accused during Trial,’ pages 374–408. Please put answers underneath the questions, instructors wants to see that the questions are being answered.
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