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Unformatted text preview: brought by plaintiff not state, and court decides based on preponderance of evidence, not guilt beyond reasonable doubt Law (3 types): US law is based on old English Common Law , establishes precedent ; laws are guidelines for behavior sanctioned by some governing authority; what is acceptable- Constitutional: written down in Constitution- Statutory: made by Congress / legislature, written down in statutes- Administrative: made by bureaucracy, rules with the force of law Courts Enforce Two Concepts of Justice (have 2 jobs): - Protect accused from the government (via Due Process)- Protect society from criminals (TDCJ) Criminals: typically young (30%); male (80%); minority (60%); poor (of all races); under-educated (70% score less than 8 th grade level); and drug related (80%)...
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- Spring '08