Soc131_Lecture15 - Text Pages 170-178 Courts and...

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Text Pages 170-178 Courts and Adjudication The Structure of American Courts o The United States has a dual court system. Separate federal and state court systems handle matters from throughout the nation. o Federal courts oversee a limited range of criminal cases. Counterfeiting, kidnapping, smuggling and drug trafficking are examples. For every felony conviction in federal courts, there are more than 20 felony convictions in state courts. o State supreme courts monitor the decisions of lower courts within their own states by interpreting state constitutions and statutes. The U.S. Supreme court oversees both court systems by interpreting the US constitution, which protects the rights of defendants in federal and state criminal courts. o A third court system operates in several states; this adds to the complexity and coordination issues that the country’s decentralized courts face. Native Americans have tribal courts whose authority is endorsed by congressional statutes and Supreme Court decisions, with
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course SOC 131 taught by Professor Shoemaker during the Fall '08 term at Wisconsin.

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Soc131_Lecture15 - Text Pages 170-178 Courts and...

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