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Discovery

1. What is discovery? To what extent is discovery helpful or a hindrance? Provide examples.

2. What takes place during the jury decision-making process? How effective is the process in accurately determining guilt? specific cases to support your opinion.

3. How might racial and ethnic disparities affect the treatment of suspects and defendants within the justice system and in U.S. courts?

4. How might gender discrimination within the justice system affect criminal case processing?

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1. What is discovery? To what extent is discovery helpful or a hindrance? Provide examples.

Discovery is any evidence obtained by prosecution or the defense. The defense has the option as well as the prosecution of using discovery to obtain any evidence pertinent to the case or trial. Once discovery has been invoked the opposing sides must present this evidence to the other side for use in trial. The use of discovery is helpful because prosecutors have withheld evidence in many cases resulting in invalid and unjust trials because of the withholding of evidence. With discovery, any evidence that would be pertinent to a defendant during trial must be released upon request. If it is not released and the defendant is found guilty, he or she will receive a new trial once this revelation is made.

2. What takes place during the jury decision-making process? How effective is the process in accurately determining ...

Solution Summary

Discovery hindrance is examined. What takes place by the Jury for the decision-making process is defined.

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